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Certificate inForensic Mental Health

Concordia University, St. Paul offers the Forensic Mental Health Certificate in partnership with the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). The 15-credit hour program is offered entirely online and focuses on the direct relationship between mental health and the law. The program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the field of forensic mental health and related systems of care. The program is not a clinical/counseling program.

Area of Study: Psychology & Family Studies

  • Credit Hours: 15
  • Course Length: 7 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online
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Forensic Mental Health
Curriculum Overview


Concordia partnered with the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) to offer this certificate program. The program targets professionals who have an interest in the field of forensic mental health and related care systems. The partnership enhances curriculum and professional training by using a comprehensive educational approach that focuses on forensic disciplines and current criminal justice issues.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will learn evidence-based practices as well as therapeutic strategies that have been deemed successful with treating and improving the lives of those in the criminal justice and legal systems.
  • Students will discuss the rationale behind why individuals commit crimes and the impact it has on victims and families.
  • Students will be exposed to the factors, limitations and considerations facing individuals involved in law enforcement, probation and corrections systems.
  • Students will learn about forensic risk assessment tools, testifying in court, and ethical and legal practices that professionals need to follow when working within the forensic mental health system.
  • Additional courses include cultural, theoretical, ethical, practical, and research considerations.

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Course Name
  • Forensic Mental Health3
  • Family Violence, PTSD & Trauma3
  • Research Methods in FMH3
  • Ethical & Legal Considerations3
  • Fornsc Mentl Hlth Psychopathol3
FMH-500 - Forensic Mental Health

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the forensic mental health field. The course explores in detail why some people with mental-health related problems engage in criminal related behavior.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system.
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  4. Submit a current, professional resume.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University’s technology requirements. Contact Concordia’s Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Concordia University, St. Paul online provides an affordable educational choice for adult learners. Concordia online offers program credits at a competitive rate.

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