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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.

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NAFC 2019 Annual Conference

Download the 2019 Conference Binder (schedule, descriptions, bios, etc., updated July 10, 2019)

Keynote Topic:
"How to Help Motivate Survivors of Human Trafficking to Move Past Their Past"

Keynote Speaker:
Human Trafficking Survivor and Victims Advocate, THERESA FLORES
Human Trafficking Survivor, Best Selling Author, Victim’s Advocate, Founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), and Consultant. Ms. Flores has been a licensed Social Worker for over twenty years. She was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and has testified ...

Victims Advocate and Parole Agent, LENNIE ALCORN
Lennie Alcorn has worked for 22+ years as a Parole Agent in the State of Michigan working with high risk offenders. She has counseled many survivors and has been a public speaker internationally regarding human trafficking and has been essential in forming the first local Human Trafficking Response Team in Monroe County, Michigan ...READ MORE ABOUT AGENT LENNIE ALCORN!


 Sexual Abuse of Children and Adults in Religious Organizations

Sante Fe Conference - November 1-2, 2019

ICSA will conduct a conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico November 1-2, 2019. This biennial conference focuses on the needs of former members of cultic groups, movements, or relationships and the families of former or current members.  It also includes a training track for mental health professionals ... The agenda will address the needs of those seeking help and those who want to help others.  A series of talks will address the theme of sexual abuse. Other sessions deal with practical issues pertinent to families, former members, and others.

Learn more about the ICSA Sante Fe Conference

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New Article of Interest! (July 25, 2019)
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 ... will provide background information on criminal cyberbullying statutes, civil and criminal online impersonation statutes, and civil and criminal revenge pornography statutes. These statutes have all been recently passed to address crimes relating to deceptive internet practices that often involve invasions of privacy ..."

ICSA E-Newsletter
25 September 2019

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Mind Control and the Battering of Women

Teresa Ramirez Boulette, Ph.D.
Susan M. Andersen, Ph.D.

This paper describes one variation in the battering phenomenon which was initially observed among low-income women. The strategies of coercion and deception utilized by the abusive male in these relationships are described and compared with similar strategies of mind control utilized in more traditional "cultic" systems. The debilitating effects of these techniques on the battered female are described, as is the battering male's own separation reaction, and the probable dynamics of the men and women involved in this pathological family system. Some preliminary assessment and treatment guidelines are offered.

Originally published in Cultic Studies Journal, 1986, Volume 3, Number 1, 1986, pages 25-35.


Test-exempt Grandfathering for Forensic, Addictions,
and Human Trafficking Victims Services Specialty Certifications

NAFC is currently Grandfathering certain forensic, addicton, and human trafficking provider certifications through Test-exemption.

NAFC is the very first certification board to develop standards and establish certification for the Forensic Counselor. Criminal Justice Specialist, and Human Trafficking Victims Services Provider.

Download the Grandfathering Application, and Reference Form for your application.

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.

New Resources added 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.