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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.


Request for survey participants who have/had family members in
controlling/abusive groups - for “Family Caring Research Study”
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ICSA is "studying the perceptions and experiences of family members or individuals concerned about a loved one who is or was in a controlling or abusive group or relationship. The study’s purpose is to fill a research gap in this area. We hope to increase our knowledge of the specific concerns and needs of families, relatives, and friends of those affected by an abusive situation. We want to find new and better ways of understanding family relationships under these circumstances. We hope that the information collected by this study will enhance attention to the needs of those who have/had a loved one in a controlling or abusive group or relationship."

New Vlog Edition!

"Releasing Resentment Toward Another"

Finding Your Way"
with Lucas Catton

COVID ICU Nurse Seeks to Open Treatment Center to Aid Frontline

By The Bay Corp (BTB) ‘s mission is to meet the recovery goals of high-pressured professionals.

Founder Jonathan Godfrey ... is no stranger to healthcare workers’ specific needs ... He has since become immersed in one of the nation’s biggest problems as an ICU nurse working with COVID patients. He continues to see the level of strain on hospital staff in these environments ...

... Joining the team is Lucas Catton, CEO of Advanced Recovery Resources, who works with multiple rehabilitation programs as a consultant and recently helped launch another successful startup in the field.

“Having helped dozens of treatment facilities to grow over the years, I believe that having a strong leader with a clear mission is one of the surest signs of success. By The Bay fits both of those, and Jonathan’s purpose is inspiring,” Catton said ... read more

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 ..."

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 ..."

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

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.