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From the Journal of Psycology & Psychotherapy
Ronn Johnson* VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care Systems and Creighton University, Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, USA



Internationally, research on juvenile fire setting and bomb making creates an empirically based rationale that supports at least two intervention practices. First, there is a forensic mental health justification for remaining attentive to the recurring public safety risks attached to these high profile cases. Second, there is a post-risk assessment preference for using culturally responsive family therapy within a JFSB context. Largely, JFSB does not occur in isolation from the family. The author argues that post-risk assessment family issues must be addressed as a means to mitigate recidivism. The major purpose of this article four-fold when it comes to exploring the current research literature and reviewing risk assessment methods. First, the articles discuss the prevalence of the JFSB problem and referral matters. Second, the article stresses the necessity for forensic mental health adaptations to be made during family therapy with respect to JFSB cases. Third, ethical and legal issues are examined along with culturally responsive post-risk assessment family therapy specific to JFSB. Finally, conclusions, implications for practice, research, training, and supervision are discussed.


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Over the last several training seminars, even as an old hand, I have learned new information concerning fires and how they do what they do.


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From Out of the Abyss...

This week’s article from the past is titled Incendiary Fires Can Be Spotted and was written by Benjamin Horton, CPCU, who was President of the National Adjuster Traing School in Louisville, Kentucky..  It is taken from the Decembe 1968 Vol. XVI No.5 issue.

Incendiary Fires Can Be Spotted 

Last April, we ran an article submitted by a class of children from a youth center who were learning more about fire safety after two of the children experienced a minor kitchen fire that broke out in their home.  The children were so excited to have the article appear on our website.  The leaders of this group have been working to impress upon them that by reaching out and simply asking others, like CCAI, things can be accomplished that they might not otherwise think they can.

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In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.



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Ronald Ablott, CFI Joshua Johnson, CFI
Douglas Allen, CFI Jon Jones, CFI
David Aoki, CFI Steven Kean, CFI
Pete Arnet, CFI William Kilpatrick, CFI
Douglas Bailey, CFI John Kitchens, CFI
E.R. Scott Baker, CFI Karl Kolodzik, CFI
Gregory Beutz, CFI Joseph Konefal, Jr., CFI
Russell Bohse, CFI Michael Koster, CFI
Joseph Bomortino, CFI Jennifer Kuret-Nadeau, CFI
Daniel Bonelli, CFI Jamieson Lee, CFI
Lonnie Brogdon, CFI Keith Marshall, CFI
Patrick Buckley, CFI Victor Massenkoff, CFI
Samuel Campbell, CFI Kevin McBride, CFI
Vern Canon, CFI Brian “Scott” McDonald, CFI
Clinton Carman, CFI George McKinnon, Jr., CFI
Randall Champion, CFI Michael Mentink, CFI
Edward Clark, CFI Michae l Merriken, CFI
Chet Cook, CFI Ken Miller, CFI
Barry Cramer, CFI Michael Mingee, CFI
Mike Crandall, CFI Luis Monge, CFI
Laura Cygan, CFI Randall Muelheim, CFI
Michael Davidson, CFI Dan Murray, CFI
Jeremy Davis, CFI John Nare, Jr., CFI
Christopher Deibel, CFI Scott Neely, CFI
Thomas Derby, CFI Harold Nolen, CFI
Andrew Derrick, CFI Edward Nordskog, CFI
James DeSouza, CFI Michael O'Brien, CFI
Wendell Eaton, CFI Brad Phillipson, CFI
Timothy Eckles, CFI Tom Pierce, CFI, CFCI
Jeffrey Ellingwood, CFI Phillip Porto, CFI
Eric Emmanuele, CFI Rober t Rappaport, CFI
Stephen Engler, CFI Robert Reinhardt, CFI
Timothy Enright, CFI Bret Russell, CFI
Thomas Fee, CFI Gregory Ryan, CFI
Stanley Fernandez, Jr., CFI Maria Sabatini, CFI
Dominic Fieri, CFI Jon Samardzich, CFI
Jerry Flowerdew, CFI Jeffrey Schlesinger, CFI
Karl Fowler, CFI Karl Schmutz,CFI
Jesse Frias, CFI Nina Scotti, CFI
Michael Ginn, CFI Russell Siems, CFI
Robert Grounds, CFI George Smith, CFI
Rick Grunbaum, CFI David Sneed, CFI
Dave Hall, CFI James Stemler, CFI
Ryan Hamre, CFI John Teague, CFI
Harry Hatch, CFI Rosamaria Tufts, CFI
Curt Hawk, CFI Wayne Tyson, CFI
Peter Hay, CFI Chris Vallerga Jr. CFI
Michael Haynes, CFI Chris Vallerga, CFI
Geoff Hazard, CFI George Wells, CFI
Luis Hernandez, CFI Sharon White, CFI
Fred Herrera, CFI Wayne Whitney, CFI
Mari Hill, CFI Patrick Wills, CFI
Cyrillis Holmes, CFI J. Greg Wolf, CFI
Anthony Jakubowski, CFI Dennis Zigrang, CFI




The California Conference of Arson Investigators has patterned its CFI certification program after the State of California’s certification program with two major differences: 1) The CCAI – CFI program requires the applicant must stand for a written exam and 2) the CCAI-CFI certification requires participation in continued professional training.  To keep the certificate valid, a CCAI Certified Fire Investigator must attend 30 hours of approved tested training, or 40 hours of CCAI approved non-tested training or a combination of 40 hours tested and non-tested training every three years, from the date his or her certificate was issued.  The hourly training requirement can easily be met by attending two 20-hour CCAI training seminar’s within the three-year period.

To apply, a person does not have to be a member of CCAI; however it is strongly encouraged that everyone in the field of fire investigation belongs to the California Conference of Arson Investigators, the leading organization for training in fire and arson investigations in California.

To qualify, applicants must submit certificates of training showing that they have completed Fire Investigation 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B. If you already possess Level I and Level II Fire Investigation Certifications from the State of California, a copy of your certification certificates will suffice to validate that you have met the training requirements for Fire Investigation 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B.  In addition, you will need to complete the eight modules listed in the CFI-SOP.

Applicants must also validate that they have had the overall responsibility of, and have investigated, 150 fires to determine fire origin and 150 fires to determine fire cause.  They must also substantiate that they have testified twice, in court or in deposition (not in the same case), under oath, pertaining to the origin and cause of fires or in the field of explosions.  The testimony can be criminal, civil or from deposition but must be directly related to fire origin and fire cause or origin and cause in an explosion incident.  In lieu of actual court related testimony, the applicant may complete any one of the below listed courses.

The following courses/classes will meet or substitute for the criteria of the court room requirements:

  1. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF & E)  course on "Advanced Origin And Cause, Courtroom Techniques"
  2. The National Fire Academy (NFA) " course on Interview/Interrogation & Courtroom Techniques"
  3. The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) " Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony  (Expert Witness Testimony Class is offered by CCAI)

The question has risen, “If an investigator possesses a California State Fire Investigator II Certification, why would he/she have to verify again that he/she has investigated 150 fires for cause and 150 fires for origin and testified twice in court?”  It is the CCAI Board of Directors’ position that, if CCAI is going to certify an investigator, the person’s qualifications must be independently validated by CCAI using documents and under oath statements.

The initial application fee, if you are a CCAI member, is $150.00 and the certification is valid for three years.  Renewal of the CCAI-CFI certification, if you are a CCAI member, is $140.00 every three years.  If you are not a member of CCAI, the initial application fee is $300.00 and renewal is $280.00 every three years.


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