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A developmental, relationship-based approach

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. 

Upcoming Training & Symposia

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