Child Maltreatment 2020

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Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College

Jessica Greenwald O'Brien, PhD, Instructor

Online: March 2 - 29, 2020
On Campus: April 3 - 4, 2020

Child Maltreatment is designed for professionals engaged in providing services to youth, families, and the courts who seek to provide or understand best practices of investigation, evaluation, and testimony in matters of child abuse or neglect including sexual abuse in the context of divorce. Participants will distinguish between forensic and clinical evaluations, enhance reliability of interviews of children, apply a systematic approach to providing a sound evidence-based report and opinion, and identify ethical issues inherent in evaluations and testimony. This training provides 28 Continuing Education Credits. The 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.

  • General: law, policy, systems overview, consultation and testimony
  • Evaluations: parenting, family
  • Specialty evaluations: domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical maltreatment
  • Empirically-based treatments and best practices

Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, judges, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in law, mental health, human services or criminal justice and certification or licensure in law, mental health or mediation. A formal transcript and a writing sample will be required for all applicants taking these courses for academic credit. 

Program Code: CM20

Credits: 28 CE Credits

Fees: $1,100

Blended Delivery Method

All courses are offered for 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend in residence" at William James College campus in Newton, MA.

About the Child and Family Forensic Certificate

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 provide 28 Continuing Education Credits. Courses are open to mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, mediators, court personnel and other professionals interested in child and family forensic issues. Professionals who choose four classes will obtain a Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues from William James College.

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