There are three areas of specialization in the Certificate of Forensic Practice: Child Welfare and Forensic Practice program, Corrections and Forensic Practice program, and Mental Health and Forensic Practice program. A Certificate of Completion is provided at the completion of each.
We created these specialized forensic certificates to offer personalization and flexibility to all students. A majority of the courses are now offered online, as well as in the evenings, allowing students to co-ordinate their schedules accordingly. This programming will also be of interest to seasoned professionals working in a range of health and human services agencies who wish to refine their skills in the area of forensic practice.
Forensic practice consists of health and human service workers who occupy and come into contact with professions found in corrections and parole, child welfare and protection, and mental health and well-being. It encompasses criminal and civil matters, interventions with violent offenders, issues of child maltreatment, assessing parenting capacity and substance abuse. Forensic practice is multidisciplinary in nature, a combination of areas such as social work, criminology, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, child development and other related academic disciplines.
Forensic practitioners are employed by a variety of agencies including the Children's Aid Society, Children's Mental Health Ontario, the Canadian Judicial System, the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Hospital for Sick Children, the William Osler Health System, as well as Peel, Toronto and York Regional Police. Employment may be found in other professions/areas such as private attorneys, divorce mediation services, juvenile offenders' facilities, dual diagnosis services, secure custody settings, family services associations, victim services organizations, psychiatric facilities, family court clinics and agencies serving various multicultural communities.
Graduate Success Story: Zehra Haffajee
My experience with the FSW program was exceptional! This program offered me the flexibility to complete the certificate at my own pace. I completed the entire certificate online; I was able to work full-time and raise a young family and complete my studies in the evening. The online courses were accessible and used the newest technology so I didn’t feel that I was missing out on the classroom experience. I was able to connect with my peers and instructors easily. I found that the courses were interesting and matched my real life work experience at the Victim/Witness Assistance program in the Ministry of the Attorney General. Further, the instructors were professionals who were working in the field so the course material was current and relevant. The skills I learned in this program are ones that I use everyday in my professional capacity. The program also enhanced my knowledge in other areas related to my current field that I hope to explore further in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How are these three new certificates different than the current Forensic Practice Graduate Certificate offered at your school?
These three new Forensic Practice certificates are mini-streams of the current graduate certificate. These certificates are geared to students who do not require a lengthier Forensic Practice Graduate Certificate and who want to focus on a specific stream (i.e., child welfare, corrections or mental health). Any one of these new certificates can be completed with half the number of courses (only five) whereas the graduate certificate requires 10. Students can complete this certificate in as little as eight months, depending on how many courses they take per semester. Students will graduate with a Certificate of Completion in their chosen stream. Because these new certificates are not graduate certificates, students do not require a college diploma or degree to be admitted.
2.Will the courses I have already completed in the Forensic Practice Graduate Certificate count toward any of these new certificates?
Yes, they will count toward our new specialized Forensic Practice certificates.
3. Can you come to our office and run the program here for our staff? Absolutely! If there are enough staff interested, we can run the certificate on site or online for your agency as is, or customize it to suit the needs of your organization.
4. I am a graduate of the Ontario Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice program 11151 and I believe I am eligible to receive one or more of the new Certificates of Completion in Forensic Practice because I have already completed the required courses. How do I proceed from here? To apply for your credential(s), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: The majority of courses in this certificate are online courses, they are listed as section 909. In-class courses are listed as section 707. If you have any questions about the registration process, please call 416.675.6622 ext. 3335.
|Course Name||Course Code||Offered|
|Working with Sex Offenders||FSW 5006||Winter online|
|Conducting Community Visits||FSW 5009|
|Understanding, Assessing and Managing Violent Offenders||FSW 5024||Fall|
|Working with Offenders with Special Needs||FSW 5025||Winter online|
|Case Management in Community Corrections||FSW 5026||online|