Certificate inForensic Behavioral Health

Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 15
  • Course Length: 8 weeks

This program can be taken:

  • Online

Forensic Behavioral Health

Concordia University, St. Paul offers a Master of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health Certificate program option in partnership with the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS). The 15-credit hour certificate program option is offered entirely online and focuses on the direct relationship between behavioral health, criminal justice, and legal systems. The program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the field of forensic behavioral health and related systems of care. The program is not a clinical/counseling licensed program.

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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HSV-500 - Human Services

This course explores the roles and responsibilities that human service professionals perform in delivering services to clients with behavioral health issues in criminal justice and forensic behavioral health settings. This initial course will provide an interdisciplinary view of human services across numerous settings, including social work, case management, child protective services, domestic violence and homeless shelters, substance use and behavioral health treatment centers, first responders, courts, and community supervision. Students will (a) become acquainted with evidence-based non-clinical assessment and intervention techniques, (b) match common community-based resources to client needs, and (c) enhance communication, problem solving, and advocacy skills to employ on behalf of clients.

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Elective Courses


  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 helpdesk@csp.edu or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Proven Results

Concordia’s online and on-campus programs deliver relevant skill sets and real-world career outcomes for professionals in a variety of fields and industries.

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation.

*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul

$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation.

*salary data source: mnedtrends.org

44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average.

*Graduate earning data source: collegescorecard.ed.gov

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Tuition and Financial Aid Information

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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