Mad or Bad

Welcome to Mad or Bad – the unofficial website of counselling and forensic psychology at The Open University. This site is maintained by academics from the OU’s psychology department with an interest in counselling and forensic psychology. Follow the links below to find out more on:



As part of making a new course on counselling and forensic psychology (see below for details) we are collating art and images produced by students and the public. If you fancy submitting something, you can find out more and upload your work here:

And see the images already submitted, here:


Counselling and forensic psychology: Investigating crime and therapy (DD310) – our new module currently under construction.


Cool counselling stuff

Forensic Psychology-1

Cool forensic psychology stuff

Please note that ‘Mad or Bad’ is intended as a provocative statement aimed at challenging popular misconceptions of criminality and mental health that are unfortunately all too often embedded in media stories and the production of policy.