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.
Areas of specialization in Certificates in Forensic Practice include Child Welfare and Forensic Practice, Corrections and Forensic Practice and Mental Health and Forensic Practice.
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.
Faculty Bio - Robin Wilson – Forensic Practice (all streams)
Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D., ABPP is a researcher, educator, and board certified clinical psychologist who has worked with sexual and other offenders in hospital, correctional, and private practice settings for more than 28 years. He maintains an international practice in consulting and clinical psychology and is a professor (Adjunct) of forensic practice at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto, ON. Dr. Wilson’s interests are focused on collaborative models of risk management and restoration as persons of risk are transitioned from institutional to community settings. He has published over 85 scientific articles, book chapters, and other monographs and has presented internationally on the diagnosis and treatment of social and sexual psychopathology. Dr. Wilson is the president of the Florida Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is the elected southern regional representative on the Board of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Dr. Wilson is presently the editor of the ATSA Forum and sajrt.blogspot.com, in addition to being on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.
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.