Child Maltreatment 2018


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

Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP & Amy C. Tishelman, PhD, Instructors

Online: March 5 - April 1, 2018
On Campus: April 6 - 7, 2018

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: CM18-2

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

William James College is proud to present a Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. The courses we offer can be taken individually or as part of the Certificate in Child and Family Forensics. Each course provides 2 Academic Credits or 28 Continuing Education Credits and is offered in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend-in-residence" at our campus in Newton, MA. 

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, divorce child custody and post-divorce parenting contexts. Courses include: parenting coordination, child custody evaluation, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and mental health and juvenile justice. 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.

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