• Children, Families and the Law

    The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law (CECFL) recognizes the life-changing decisions that are made when children and families come before Courts.

Certificate in Child and Family Forensics

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. The five courses include: Child Custody Evaluation, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice , Child Maltreatment,  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 13 hours and 15 hours of on-site instruction over a weekend in residence. Each course is 28 hours and 28 Continuing Education Units. Courses are open to mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, mediators, court personnel and other professionals interested in child and family forensic issues. Students who choose four classes will obtain a Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues from William James College

Robin M Deutsch PhD ABPP

Dr. Robin Deutsch is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College, and until recently an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She practices as a custody evaluator, mediator, parent coordinator, therapist, and consultant.

Dr. Deutsch lectures widely throughout North America and Europe on Parenting Coordination, parenting
and child development, and complex issues related to family conflict, including children resisting contact with a parent, attachment, abuse and neglect, and trauma. She has published extensively on issues related to attachment, alienation, co-parenting after divorce, high conflict divorce, parenting plans, and parenting coordination.

Dr. Deutsch has performed
a wide variety of forensic evaluations and testified
in juvenile, family, district and federal courts involving divorce and visitation disputes, relocation, domestic violence, adoption, alienation, abuse and neglect. She provides consultation and expert witness services on boundary violations, ethical issues, child and adolescent development, complex custody issues, and custody and parenting evaluations. Dr. Deutsch was a member of the task force that developed Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence:

A Supplement to the AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation (2016), American Psychological Association (APA) task force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordinators (2011), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordinators (2006), and the AFCC Task force that developed Guidelines for Court Involved Therapists (2010). She was the former President of the AFCC (2008- 2009), and the former Chair of the APA Ethics Committee (2007). 

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