A Path Forward: Justice-Involved Care Life Coach
Online Certificate Partnership with Wellpath

Addressing the complex issues encountered by justice involved individuals, will take compassionate leaders equipped with the critical skills needed to build pathways of success. These coaches have a rewarding opportunity to connect with some of the brightest minds,  transforming cognitive behaviors to positive outcomes.

A Path Forward: Justice-Involved Care Life Coach Certificate is an innovative, self-directed online certificate geared toward aspiring life-coaches interested in working with justice-involved individuals to advance health equity.  

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Certificate Overview

The certificate consists of 4 self-paced online modules. Each module has a required live session. Additionally, modules will have weekly discussions, assessments, and a final comprehensive project to successfully complete the certificate.

4 Modules:

  1. Overview of U.S. Justice System: The Social Determinants of Reentry
  2. Is there a Problem: The Importance of Data Collection
  3. Connecting the Dots: Decreasing Recidivism Barriers
  4. Accessing Behavioral Health Services: Promoting Mental Health Equity

Students will:

  • Gain deeper insights into United States prison history and rehabilitation efforts
  • Understand the importance of data collection to improve care
  • Learn how to assist justice-involved individuals with navigating through complex systems
  • Identify and address key contributors to reducing justice-involved recidivism

*See below for Bridge to Justice Pipeline option for coaches who possess a bachelor’s degree.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a grade percentage and will be asked to complete a course evaluation. A completed evaluation and a course grade of 80 percent are required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Start Dates

Summer: April 4 - July 22
Fall: August 22 - December 9

**Each weekly module will have assignments and discussions due**

  • Module 1: Monday, April 4 (Orientation 5:00 - 6:30 PM)  
  • Module 2: Tuesday, May 3 (6:00 PM) Live Session
  • Module 3: Tuesday, May 31 (6:00 PM) Live Session
  • Module 4: Monday, June 27 (6:00 PM) Live Session
  • Graduation and Live Presentations: Monday, July 25 (6:00 PM)


Scholarships Availiable. Please email msmonline@msm.edu for more information.

Join a Virtual Information Session

What:                Recurring Open-Door Question and Answer Sessions
When:               Every Monday
Time:                 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Where:             https://zoom.us/j/3091907215

What:                Recurring Open-Door Question and Answer Sessions
When:               Every Tuesday
Time:                 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Where:              https://zoom.us/j/3091907215

What:                Recurring Open-Door Question and Answer Sessions
When:               Every Wednesday
Time:                 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Where:             https://zoom.us/j/3091907215

What:                Recurring Open-Door Question and Answer Sessions
When:               Every Thursday
Time:                 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Where:              https://zoom.us/j/3091907215

For more information, please contact our office at msmonline@msm.edu or (404) 752-8668.

"Bridge to Justice” Pipeline Options:

As a part of the Pathway Forward Coaching Certificate, the Office of Online Education and Expanded Programs offers participants who have a bachelor’s degree program and successfully complete this 4-month certificate are GUARANTEED admission into the *Master of Administration in Justice-Involved Care (MAJIC) degree program, along with a scholarship amount as determined by the program. Minimum $1,000.

Pipeline Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria by the application deadline:

  1. MacBook or PC and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  2. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution interested in pursing advanced education in correctional or justice-involved care.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8.
  4. Two letters of recommendation- current students must be recommended by their current advisor or professor. Letters of recommendation must be on a letterhead and signed.
  5. Completed application
  6. Official transcripts must be submitted when applying for the Master of Administration in Justice- Involved Care  Degree
  7. Completed essay (no more than 1 page) explaining why you are interested in the “Bridge to Justice” Pipeline and why you would benefit from this program.

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