The Origination of the Forensic Counselor and
Criminal Justice Specialist
About the NAFC and Certification
The Founder of the National Association of Forensic Counselors ("NAFC"), Dr. Francis Deisler, is the “Father of Forensic Counseling” and the originator of the professional designations and definitions of “Forensic Counselor” and “Criminal Justice Specialist”.
Recognizing that the needs of offender treatment were distinctive, yet absolutely no standards or guidelines existed specific to working with offenders, the NAFC began identifying standards, skills, training and competencies that should be minimally required of professionals working with criminal offenders.
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.
The establishment of the very first valid certification programs for the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist are efforts the NAFC has made to enhance delivery of safe and effective treatment of offenders in both civil and criminal cases, improve communication between the clinician and the criminal justice system as well as for the protection of the public.
Today, the National Association of Forensic Counselors is the first and largest independent multi-disciplinary credentialing board offering nationally accredited certifications representing the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist.
The NAFC is dedicated to promoting competency and training for professionals working with criminal offenders in addictions, criminal justice, mental health and corrections and improving communication between the clinician and the criminal justice system.