Certificate In Family Violence Issues

The UNB Certificate in Family Violence Issues is an 8-course program offered by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research in the Faculty of Arts and the College of Extended Learning. The program is aimed primarily at individuals who encounter family violence issues through their work and who are seeking to broaden their knowledge in this field. It would normally be followed on a part-time basis, but is also available to qualified full-time students. The primary goals of the certificate program are to sensitize participants to family violence issues; to help them develop competencies in recognizing family violence and in assisting survivors; and to promote multi-disciplinary approaches to solving this complex social problem. Upon completion of the program, participants will:

a. recognize signs of family violence and be able to identify and assess family violence situations
b. demonstrate knowledge of the central issues related to family violence
c. question societal beliefs and attitudes that can perpetuate violence
d. exhibit increased competencies in assisting survivors of family violence
e. exhibit increased competencies in determining and using culturally appropriate approaches
f. demonstrate increased awareness of the need for multi-disciplinary approaches to dealing with family violence situations

To be eligible for admission to the Certificate in Family Violence Issues program, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: 

  1. be currently enrolled with good academic standing in a UNB degree program or have graduated from a bachelor’s degree program.
  2. have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with good academic standing in an undergraduate degree program.
  3. have completed one year of post secondary education with good academic standing in a related field of study.
  4. be a mature applicant who has been or is working in an area where s/he encounters family violence issues. (Other mature applicants who wish to broaden their knowledge in this field may be invited to apply for admission following an interview with the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre.)

Application packages should be submitted to the Admissions Office at UNB and must contain:

  1. A UNB application form plus the $45 application fee
  2. official high school or post secondary transcripts
  3. resume and two letters of reference
  4. a statement of interest in the form of a 500-750 word essay summarizing the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program as well as indicating what he or she hopes to gain from the program. The statement should highlight any particular strength or work experience related to the interest in family violence issues.

Application deadlines are March 31st for those intending to begin the program in September, October 31st for those intending to start in January, and February 28th for those intending to start in May. The number of candidates accepted into the program is at the discretion of the Centre, and may vary from year to year according to applicant qualifications and program resources. All application packages will be reviewed by the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for a final admission decision.

Upon completion of all the requirements for the Certificate in Family Violence Issues, candidates must notify the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre, UNB, (or the Program Director, Part-time Degree Studies/Adult Learner Services) so that the Certificate can be awarded.

Certificate Requirements

Of the 24 credit hours required, 6 credit hours must come from introductory courses (namely FVI 2001 , 2002 , 2003 ) and FVI 4002 is a required course. The remaining 15 credit hours may be taken from any of the listed courses. Students who complete all 24 credit hours will be awarded the Certificate in Family Violence Issues.

Prerequisites for any course can be waived with the permission of the instructor. Enrolment in courses may be limited at the discretion of the instructor, with priority given to students registered in the Certificate Program.

A grade of C is required to meet the minimum requirements for a prerequisite.

Students who work full-time are strongly advised to take a minimum of two courses per term.

Program Structure

Required Courses: (two from the following three)

FVI 2001 Introduction to Family Violence Issues 3ch
FVI 2002 Antecedents and Patterns of Family Violence 3ch
FVI 2003 or SOCI 1563 Violence in Society or Violence and Society 3ch

Required Course:

FVI 4002 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Family Violence 3ch

Elective Courses:

FVI 3002 The Social and Psychological Contexts of Abuse 3ch
FVI 3003 Counseling Interventions in Response to Family Violence 3ch
FVI 3004 Inter-disciplinary Responses and Obligations 3ch
FVI 3005 Family and Criminal Legal Systems 3ch
FVI 3006 Understanding and Treating Woman Abuse Offenders 3ch
FVI 4001 Erosion of the Social Safety Net - Consequences for Family Violence Service-Providers 3ch
FVI 4005 Individual Studies 3ch
FVI 4006 Individual Studies 3ch
SOCI 3634 Violence Against Women 3ch
SOCI 4313 Violence and Power 3ch
SOCI 4336 Families, Law and Social Policy 3ch

Note: Students can obtain credit for either FVI 2003 or SOCI 1563, but not both.