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Forensic Practice

Graduate Certificate | 11151

Our Program

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, the 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:

Success Stories

"For as long as I can remember my dream was to become a Police Officer- but I always knew it was going to take a lot of hard work and a competitive education."

Aaron Crawford >


"Getting my Ontario Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice from Humber College was a life-changer for me. The courses were packed full of great information, and the teachers were so amazing that you never wanted to miss a class."

Peter Patlakas >


"My experience with the FSW program was exceptional! This program offered me the flexibility to complete the certificate at my own pace. I completed the entire certificate online; I was able to work full-time and raise a young family and complete my studies in the evening."

Zehra Haffajee >

Contact Information

Kasey Waddell, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3335
kasey.waddell@humber.ca