Dec 9


Registration for this Institute is closed.



   Introduction to Working with Families Involved in the Criminal Justice


Families & Criminal Justice utilizes a developmental, relationship-based approach to practice.  This unique approach is highly effective in reducing family involvement in the criminal justice system and improving children's health and developmental outcomes.  The Families & Criminal Justice Institutes allow our practitioners to share this expertise with other individuals and agencies. 


The FCJ Institutes offer trainings and symposia.  The purpose of the Institutes is to provide opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills for practitioners in the fields of:

  • childcare & child development

  • child support

  • child welfare

  • corrections

  • domestic violence prevention & treatment

  • early childhood education

  • health care

  • K-12 education

  • mental health

  • probation and parole

  • re-entry services

  • substance abuse prevention & treatment


Each FCJ Institute has a faculty of expert practitioners, researchers and/or policymakers who have professional and/or personal experience with family issues in criminal justice.  All Institutes include an informal luncheon and panel presentation that allows presenters and participants to become acquainted and discuss topics beyond the training agenda.


FCJ Institute symposia are 2-6 hours in length.  FCJ Institute trainings are one, two or four days in length and offer certification for participants who attend 80% of training sessions.


Families & Criminal Justice conducts at least two Institutes each year for practitioners and other interested persons who want to learn more about this work.  Please watch this page for the 2015 Training Agenda.  We invite you to join us.


   Introduction to Working with Families Involved in the Criminal Justice




   Sold Out!  Registration for this Institute is closed.



Oct 13



June 22



     Mommy, Baby & Me: Working with Justice-Involved Mothers & Their

     Young Children

Families & Criminal Justice presents training for practitioners who provide services for expectant and parenting mothers, infants, young children and/or families.  This Institute will offer an overview of practice issues with justice-involved mothers and their youngest children.  Topics will include:

  • Reproductive health-related risks, outcomes and resources for pregnant prisoners & other incarcerated mothers.

  • Developmental risks, resources and outcomes for infants and toddlers of justice-involved mothers.

  • Frameworks for practice with young, justice-involved families that address:

    • the health & behavioral effects of social adversity;

    • neurorelational aspects of prenatal and infant development; and 

    • peer support as an essential component of effective services for justice-involved parents.


Faculty for this Institute will include:

Denise Johnston, Director, Families & Criminal Justice 

A practitioner, researcher and advocate for developmental, relationship-based approaches to practice with justice-involved families, Dr. Johnston founded the Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents, which served over 25,000 families of prisoners under her direction, and its successor agency, Families & Criminal Justice.  She is the author of more than 150 professional publications on justice-involved families, including the book "Children of Incarcerated Parents". 


Daniela Kaufer, Associate Professor, Integrative Biology Department & the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California Berkeley

Dr. Kaufer received her PhD in molecular neuroscience from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a Human Frontiers Science Foundation and Life Science Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Her research currently focuses on the events that underlie the plasticity of the brain in the face of stress and neurological insults throughout life.


Constance Lillas, Director, Interdisciplinary Training Institute, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis

A National Graduate Zero to Three Leadership Fellow and an infant mental health and early intervention specialist with a background in maternal-child nursing, family systems, and developmental psychoanalysis, Dr. Lillas currently co-chairs the Foster Youth Mental Health Initiative Capacity Building Policy Workgroup at the Children’s Law Center and functions as a Court Team Liaison for a 0-3 court team pilot program.


Registration for this Institute will open April 22, 2015 and close on June 19, 2015.  Options include:

  • Early registration ($125) is available from April 22 to May 31.

  • Regular registration ($175) is available from June 1-22.

  • Group registration ($100) is available from April 22 to June 19 for 2-5 individuals from the same agency.

  • Scholarship registration is available for formerly incarcerated individuals and the adult children of current/former prisoners.  To request a registration scholarship, email a request and a brief autobiographical statement to


Registration fees include a continental breakfast, a complete Institute syllabus and the Institute luncheon.  Certification will be provided for participants who attend 6 hours of training.


This Institute will be conducted from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities at 1000 North Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles.  Free parking is available.


To register for this Institute, click on this link or copy and paste it into your web browser:




January 9



     Reproductive Health Work with Justice-Involved Women: A


This Institute will provide an experiential training for doulas and other reproductive health practitioners who intend to work with justice-involved women in correctional and community settings.


Registration for this Institute is closed.


     Mommy, Baby & Me: Working with Justice-Involved Mothers &             Their Young Children

Families & Criminal Justice presents a training for practitioners who work or want to work with pregnant or parenting justice-involved mothers and their infants/young children.  Day 1 of this Institute will provide an in-depth profile of this population, a synopsis of the research on programs that are effective in meeting their needs, and an overview of practice issues for service providers who work with them.  Day 2 will focus on specific approaches and skills for effective practice with these families.


This Insitute will be held early in 2018.  Watch this page for information about registration.