Advanced Certificate in Collaborative Response to Family Violence

"This Certificate program provides a much-needed resource for professionals in the field to develop and enhance skills for working across disciplines and sectors focused toward our vision of ending family violence."
Gael Strack
Alliance for Hope International, CEO




*Fees are subject to review & change


This advanced academic certificate establishes a strong foundation for understanding family violence and the services involved in our response. Through discussion, action, and critical analysis of the collaborative enterprise, students develop a capacity to work and lead effectively across disciplines.

The certificate program culminates with a seminar series that includes field, dialogue and project seminars. Through this process, students engage with others to develop a capstone project that demonstrates an improved approach to family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration.



Program Features

The program educates professionals across disciplines to more effectively address the complex dynamics and effects of family violence through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Learning is enriched as students share their diverse perspectives and experience from the field.

Our unique format combines the best of online learning with an in-person immersion experience.

The program combines asynchronous learning modules with “live online” class sessions that provide for group discussion, teamwork, and faculty engagement.

Distinguished and community engaged faculty. 



Class Schedule

One, three-unit online core course on violence in the family and community

One, three-unit hybrid course on collaborative response to family violence that includes online learning with an in-person immersion weekend.

Three, one-unit online electives including special topics, collaborative leadership and research.

Three, one-unit online seminars: a field seminar, a dialogue seminar and a project seminar.

*An additional two-unit field placement course is required for students not currently working in the field.

Program Outcomes & Offerings (pdf)

Victim - Centered Approach to Family Violence – webinar PPT(pdf)

To listen to the entire webinar, please visit Office of Victims of Crime

Your Career Opportunities

Graduates of this certificate program will bring enhanced engagement and leadership skills to their work in family violence, or with other social issues, with unique expertise in collaborative enterprise.


Applying to the Program

Applying to the Advanced Certificate in Collaborative Response to Family Violence is a two-step process. The first step is to submit an electronic application to Cal State Apply (The California State University application portal).

The second step is to submit program-specific documents required for acceptance into the Advanced Certificate in Collaborative Response to Family Violence program. 

Admission Requirement:

    • Bachelor's degree GPA 2.5
    • Statement of Purpose
    • A Letter of Recommendation
    • NO GRE or GMAT required

Contact the program coordinator with any questions:

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit