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          The Institute serves as an international resource for interdisciplinary education and multidisciplinary professional consultation and training in child abuse and family violence. In its fourteenth year of operation, the Institute and its activities have forwarded the mission of “Intervention with and prevention of child abuse and family violence through professional education and training” on an even broader scale than previous years.
          Offered by the School of Health and Human Services, this program provides individuals from various disciplines with expanded knowledge and formalized education in the area of child abuse and domestic violence, training and field experience in serving this population, and opportunities to qualify for career positions in which multidisciplinary training is required or is essential.
          The certificate course work includes theoretical, conceptual, and practical experiences leading to a multidisciplinary view of the relevant issues, processes, and systems involved. The goals of the program are to prepare individuals to better serve the needs of abused children and violent families, and to qualify for career positions in which multidisciplinary training is essential. The program requires 24 units of upper division course work, including 16 units of required courses, 4 units of electives, and 4 units of field experience. Admissions to the program requires upper division standing (completion of 90 quarter units), formal application to the school, application to the certificate program, and approval by the program director.
          The Institute is also the home of the CSULA - Juvenile Court Partnership, under Dr. Friend’s direction. This Partnership seeks to provide educational and training exchanges between our neighboring institutions. Every year we collaborate on the New Beginnings for Partnership Conference, formally under Dr. Hershel Swinger’s leadership. Dr. Mitchell Eisen is the Liaison who facilitates the conducting of research with Juvenile Court populations and the California Forensic Science Institute. Now that CSULA is the home of the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, the University is in a unique position to recruit and educate students who are interested in building a career in court related systems.
          The Institute also offers training to the community and is currently involved in research, training and evaluation projects with USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Juvenile Court’s Parents Beyond Conflict Program.

CSULA Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute
King Hall, Rm 109B
The Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute has many components including:

The California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI) is the career development and applied research center, for the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab (LARCL). The LARCL is a partnership among the LA County Sheriff, the LA Police Department and CSULA. Between the Juvenile Court Partnership and the California Forensic Science Institute and its new Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab, this University is a unique position to recruit and educated students who are interested in building a career in Court related systems. In conjunction with the Child Maltreatment Certificate, students may pursue careers or graduate degrees in: Forensic Psychology, Forensic Social Work, Criminal Justice and Criminalistics and a variety of other fields.

Please review our Top 10 reasons to get a Child Maltreatment Certificate  and our FAQs.Please click here to view statements from students who have graduated from our program. If you have further questions, or simply want to discuss your own situation, please call us at (323) 343-4696.


2008 – 2009 Highlights
 * Co-sponsors of the Forensic Forum on Child Abuse: Recognition, Reporting, and Risks [Child Abuse Save the Date Brochure]. Here experts presented to a dozen key decision policy makers. The goal was to examine what we were currently doing and consider how we might approach it differently. This was on October 10, 2008, at the CSULA Golden Eagle.


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Last Update: 10/22/2013