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Children, Families and the Law

The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law

Certificate in Child and Family Forensics - 5 Courses

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. 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 13 hours and 15 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 Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Fall 2014

Divorce Custody Evaluation
Robin Deutsch, PhD and Hon. Christina Harms, JD (ret.), instructor
Online Course begins September 15 , 2014
Weekend in Residence: October 17-18, 2014

The Course in Divorce Custody Evaluation is designed for professionals who aspire to use empirically based research and methodology and best practices to provide or understand forensic psychological assessments in contested custody matters to the courts.

Interpersonal Violence
Robin Deutsch, PhD, and Leslie Drozd, PhD, instructors
Online Course begins October 13, 2014
Weekend in Residence: November 14-15, 2014

The Course in Interpersonal Violence is designed for professionals engaged in providing services to children, adults, families and the courts who seek to provide or understand best practices of investigation, evaluation, and testimony in matters where domestic violence is alleged.

Winter 2015

Child Maltreatment
Robin Deutsch, PhD, and Amy Tishelman, PhD, instructors

Online Course begins February 2, 2015
Weekend in Residence: March 6-7, 2015

The Course in 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.

Spring 2015

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Robert T. Kinscherff, PhD, JD, instructor

Online Course begins March 9 , 2015
Weekend in Residence: April 10-11, 2015

The Course in Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is designed for professionals engaged in providing evaluations and services to youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system who aspire to improve outcomes for youth and families through enhancing their programs and services, and by more effectively partnering with public and private agencies and providers (state, local, tribal or other).

Parenting Coordination
Robin Deutsch, PhD, instructor

Online Course begins April 13, 2015
Weekend in Residence: May 15-16, 2015

The Course in Parenting Coordination will examine the role and functions of the Parenting Coordinator and the interventions to reduce chronic high conflict and develop a more functional relationship between parents that focuses on the best interests of the children.

Credits, Tuition, Application

Enrollment Type Price Credit Hours Per Course Upon Completion of 4 courses Application
Continuing Education Credit $975 28 CE Credits 15 hours in person, 13 hours online 112 CE Credits and the Certificate in Child and Family Forensics Continuing Education Registration


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.

Please contact Robin M. Deutsch, PhD at robin_deutsch@mspp.edu.

Updated 8/25/14

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