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Established in 1995, the National Association of Forensic CounselorsTM is the first certification board to develop standards and establish the specialty professions of Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist, and the very first certification board to develop standards and establish certification for Human Trafficking Victims Services Providers.

 Limited Time Test-exempt Grandfathering Re-opened

NAFC understands that your profession suffered greatly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and NAFC wants to help you re-obtain your certification.

If your income was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and you had to let your certification expire due to inability to afford to renew it, please contact our office at 260-426-7234 or e-mail us and you may reinstate your certification for only the renewal fee. You will not be charged any late or reinstatement fee.

You may also reinstate your certification online now using our secure SSL server.

Learn more about our Pastoral and Christian Counselor Certifications




"Over the last decade, NBCF has provided over 192,000 mammograms, over 858,000 patient navigation services, and over 240,000 breast health education services to women in need.
Breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival.

Women who have screening mammograms have a lower chance of dying from breast cancer than women who do not have screening mammograms.[1] However, many simply cannot afford the cost of screening tests. These women are at a significantly higher risk of dying from breast cancer if later diagnosed.
Poverty, less education, and a lack of health insurance are associated with lower breast cancer survival rates.[2]

NBCF was founded to fill in the gaps of cancer care, ensuring every woman has the access and information she needs to get through every step of her breast cancer journey." ~ National Breast Cancer Foundation


The Certified Domestic Violence Counselor Online Certification ZOOM training will resume February 2022


Update on Mental Health Series! More spots added!

Dear Colleagues,

I was delighted to see that ICSA’s Monthly Mental Health Series received such a positive response. However, I understand many of you were unable to sign up for the programs because the series sold out quickly. To prevent you from missing out on the presentations, ICSA will be posting them on ICSA’s YouTube Channel.

If you cannot sign up to see the original program, you will have an opportunity to join a discussion group after watching the recorded presentation. I will be facilitating a second discussion group on Saturday, October 30th, at 2 pm EST. ICSA has added a second discussion group to the sign-up sheet. You can register by clicking HERE.

I'm looking forward to having you join us.

All the best,

(All CEUs obtained through ICSA are accepted by NAFC)


Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology

Likeness Used as Bait in Catfishing: How Can Hidden Victims of Catfishing Reel in Relief?

Tyler W. Hartney
University of Minnesota Law School

"Catfishing is “[t]he phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time) ... With the increased use of social media, the opportunities for the creation and use of fake profiles have expanded. Reports have found that one in ten profiles on certain social media and matchmaking sites are fake ..."

Human Trafficking

Resources, Research, Articles, and Information on Human Trafficking and Support for Victims and Their Families, Social Workers, Counselors, and Legal Professionals.

Resources, Research, Articles, and Information on Cults, and Support/Help for Former/Current Cult Members and Their Families, Social Workers, Counselors, and Legal Professionals.

Resources for Military Personnel and Veterans






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About NAFC


The NAFC was the first to establish post graduate standards, guidelines, and professional responsibility to identify a competent workforce in the mental health, criminal justice, addictions and corrections professions in the very specialized areas of forensic counseling and criminal justice counseling and supervision.


NAFC has consistently been a leader in promoting safe and effective treatment and supervision of offenders in both civil and criminal cases, improving communication between the clinician and criminal justice system, and enhanced protection of the public. The NAFC Mission is to Promote Competency and Training among Persons Working with Criminal Offenders.

The Certification for the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist

The National Association of Forensic Counselors is the first and largest independent multi-disciplinary credentialing board representing the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist.

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The American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors (AACFC) is the Certification Commission of the National Association of Forensic Counselors.