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.
What You Will Learn
The Forensic Practice program, formerly known as the Forensic Social Work program, is offered on a part-time basis creating flexibility for all students. A majority of the courses are now offered online, as well as in the evenings, allowing students to co-ordinate their schedule accordingly. Subsequently, our Independent Research Project course is offered every semester where students select an agency of choice to volunteer and gain experience. This program 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. Many recent graduates of university and college programs seeking to receive specialized knowledge in forensic practice may also find this program to be extremely beneficial for professional development.
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 and 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.
Students have the option to pursue any of the three shorter certificates in forensic practice, which specialize in a given field. This new stream of forensic practice programming leads to Certificates of Completion in three areas of specialization:
|Course Name||Course Code|
|Mental Health Issues in Child Protection||FSW 5005|
|Working with Sex Offenders||FSW 5006|
|Assessing Parenting Capacity||FSW 5007|
|Conducting Community Visits||FSW 5009|
|Risk Assessment/Management in Forensic Practice||FSW 5010|
|Independent Research Project||FSW 5011|
|Substance Abuse and Impulse Control||FSW 5012|
|Forensic Interviewing with Children||FSW 5021|
|Issues in Child Maltreatment and Neglect||FSW 5022|
|Ethical and Legal Issues in Forensic Social Work||FSW 5023|
|Understanding, Assessing and Managing Violent Offenders||FSW 5024|
|Working with Offenders with Special Needs||FSW 5025|
|Case Management in Community Corrections||FSW 5026|
|Trauma and Grief Interventions||FSW 5027|
|Mental Health Issues in Forensic Practice||FSW 5028|