About the program

This program will appeal to individuals who are working or volunteering in a corrections program, law enforcement, women's shelter, youth at risk, or to those individuals who have a special interest in criminal psychology and behaviour. The program explores why individuals become criminals as well as why individuals are attracted to those with deviant behaviours. The program also explores factors that research suggests underlie criminal behaviours.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Explain the biological connection between behaviour and mental process.
  • Identify various motives and emotions that play a significant part in determining human responses and general behaviour.
  • Explain and discuss various theories related to psychopathic behaviours and anti-social personality disorders.
  • Describe factors which lead individuals towards deviant behaviours.
  • Describe methods used in the rehabilitation of criminals and victims.
  • Explain the role that psychological disorders and chemical dependence can play in crime.
  • Examine biological versus social explanations for various forms of abuse.
  • Describe elements which contribute to violent behaviour.
  • Explain the various theories and ideologies surrounding cults and terrorism.
  • Explore the three basic ego processes that lead to psychological maturity.
  • Explain co-dependency and its relationship to abuse.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024