The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work in child welfare, juvenile delinquency, sexual offending, domestic violence, divorce custody and post-divorce parenting contexts. These courses are open to mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, mediators, court personnel, and other professionals with a graduate degree. Courses include:child custody evaluation, interpersonal violence, child maltreatment, mental health and juvenile justice, and parenting coordination. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.
Each course is a blended learning format and spans 4 weeks of online coursework for 14 hours and 14 hours of on-site instruction over a weekend in residence. Each course is 28 hours and 28 Continuing Education Units for psychologists and social workers. Students who choose four classes will obtain a Certificate in Juvenile and Family Forensic Issues from the William James College.