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New Jersey Coordination Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Forensic Evaluation and Treatment

The Institute for Families has partnered with The New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology to establish the New Jersey Coordination Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Forensic Evaluation and Treatment (NJCC).  NJCC will begin implementing a statewide quality improvement program this fall that promotes advances in knowledge, policy and practice within the field of child abuse and neglect forensic evaluation and treatment.

NJCC will facilitate a number of activities designed to define the scope of current forensic evaluation practice, identify processes and systems that impact the quality and use of expert evaluations, meet critical training and workforce development needs, facilitate expert consultation, and ensure effective dissemination of best practices.  NJCC will accomplish these goals through active engagement of the forensic evaluation and treatment community, including the Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Centers, other forensic evaluators, and state and national experts that specialize in culturally-competent, trauma-informed assessment practices.  Statewide activities facilitated through the NJCC in partnership with DCF will include:

  • A study of forensic evaluation utilization
  • Peer review processes in partnership with NJ forensic evaluation providers
  • Development of standard metrics to assess practice
  • Consultation with local and national experts
  • Training and technical assistance
  • Development of materials and resources
  • Dissemination of knowledge and information

Affiliated state and national experts include:

  • Kathleen Coulborn Faller, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Lisa Fontes, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Mark D. Everson, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Janet Cahill, PhD, Rowan University
  • Mary Beirne, MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and NJ DCF
  • Rich Cevasco, EdD, Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare
  • Jeff Dickert, PhD, Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare

For more information about NJCC or upcoming activities, please email us at

2019 Lecture Series hosted by the NJ Coordination Center

Toward Improving Quality: Effectively Assessing Domestic Violence in Child Welfare Cases

South Jersey Learning Lecture
June 5, 2019 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
Southern Regional Institute & ETTC Parkway Building

North Jersey Learning Lecture
June 17, 2018 – 9:00am to 1:00pm
Morris County Public Safety Training Academy

To register please click the following link and fill out the registration form:

The first in a series of lectures entitled “Toward Improving Quality: Effectively Assessing Domestic Violence in Child Welfare Cases” will focus on NJCC-Quality Improvement Studies Data-driven case application presented during a facilitated discussion which will allow practitioners to identify important information regarding the dynamics of Domestic Violence, the Coercive Control Spectrum, apply assessment and interviewing techniques, and discuss real-world case material in terms of their recommendations, their difficulties assessing risk and the solutions generated in the discussion with DV experts.

Forensic Evaluators, RDTC Staff, DCF Staff, Court Personnel, Family Court Attorneys


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