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Established in 1995, the National Association of Forensic Counselors is the first certification board to develop standards and establish the specialty profession of the Forensic Counselor and Criminal Justice Specialist.


2017 Annual Conference:
   Workshops: Conference Schedule and Workshop Descriptions - REVISED September 25th!
Speaker and Topic
   Hotel Reservations:
By Phone With a Code - Special room block rate ends September 5th
   Conference Registration:
Register Online, Download Form, or by phone: 260-426-7234 - LIMITED TIME REGISTRATION - only $250!
   Certification Training:
CSOTS, CSAS, CSDS Certification Training at the Annual Conference
   Sponsors and Exhibitors: Download the Prospectus
Test-exempt Grandfathering Period:
Grandfathering Applications - Extended to October 30th!


Conference Schedule and Workshop Brochure

Download the Conference Schedule and Workshop Descriptions - REVISED September 25th!


Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Become a conference Sponsor, or exhibit your product or service at the NAFC Annual Conference! Download the
Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus.

2017 Annual Conference Sponsored, In Part, By:


About the Keynote and Topic

Keynote Speaker and Topic
Dr. Steve Eichel, President, International Cultic Studies Association, NAFC Board Member
"What Would Freud Do? The Science of Sex, Sex Therapy, and Sex Offender Treatment"

In this presentation, Dr. Steve K. D. Eichel, a licensed and Board-certified Psychologist, sex therapist, sexologist and NAFC-Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, and recognized sex offender evaluator, will review the strange and interesting history of sexual science, with a strong focus on what we know and what we are still learning now ...
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Recently, NAFC Keynote and Board Member, Dr. Steve Eichel, appeared on CBS' 48 Hours reporting on the cult, "The Family", and is a consultant appearing regularly on the TV show, "Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult."


Conference Registration and Hotel Reservations

Room rates as low as $69 per night! Room block cut-off date is September 5, 2017. Call 800-634-3454 with the code: GSNAFCC to make youir reservations today!

LIMITED TIME (date extended due to recent website inaccessibility): For a limited time, if you Register for the conference the registration fee is only $250!
Cannot be used with any other discount offer.


Download the Registration Form and mail it to: NAFC, PO Box 8827, Fort Wayne, IN  46898
Download the Registration Form and FAX it to: 260-426-7431
E-MAIL Your Registration     Register Online Today!    Register by Phone: 260-426-7234


Certification Training Through NAFC

A 3-day non-clinical level certification training will be offered at the 2017 Annual Conference for the below certifications. There is no additional charge above the full conference fee. Space is limited, and on a “first-to-register” basis.

• Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist
• Certified Sexual Disorder Diagnostician
• Certified Sexual Addictions Specialist

Formal training hours will be awarded for the successful completion of this workshop. Participants have thirty (30) days from the end of the training to submit their application, and may apply for one or more of the above listed. Applicants  must meet all other certification requirements in order to become certified. Applicant may request an “In-Service” designation until such time they meet all other requirements.

Subject matters include, but are not limited to:

Taking a training course is not a required part of the NAFC application process; therefore, it is not required in order to apply for certification. All professionals who meet NAFC requirements may apply for certification.

Grandfathering Information and Application Download

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Articles of Interest

Developments in Sex Offender Risk Assessment: Practical Application in Community*
and Institutional Settings

This training is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice Services. Points of view in this training are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Special Feature: Stalking from the Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service
"Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking behaviors include, but are not limited to:

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and at the federal level, and it can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, location, or personal associations ..." OVC Help Series for Crime Victims

"Antisocial Personality Disorder in Cult Leaders"

John Burke, Ph.D., Kaiser Permanente. Published by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) Excerpt: "This article considers evidence for the presence of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) in some cult leaders. Additionally, the influence of antisocial cult leaders on cult members is hypothesized to be associated with ..." Read more

To learn more about ICSA, the psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic groups or to find help for you or a loved one, please visit the ICSA website.

Below are just a few links on this subject matter published by ICSA:

Special Feature: Human Trafficking
from the Office of Justice Programs, National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

"Faces of Human Trafficking" Video Series" from the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches ...Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide ...Fact Sheets ...posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion."

Mental Health Interventions in Cult-Related Cases: Preliminary Investigation of Outcomes by Steve K. Dubrow Eichel, M.S., Linda Dubrow Eichel, M.A., Roberta Cobrin Eisenberg, M.S.W. - Shared from the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) website.

"Do our interventions work? This question is undoubtedly on the minds of many professional counselors and lay advisors engaged in clinical work with cultists, former cultists, and their families. Since October 1983, the associates of the RETIRN have maintained a record of all face-to-face consultations and subsequent interventions ..." continue reading

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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
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