Advanced Forensic Social Work Certificate Program

December 2, 2020  1:00-5:15 / December 3, 2020 1:00-4:30 Central Time
(This program is being offered in a virtual/online format only - $195 members/$245 non-members)
$25 Early Bird discount ends 11/11/2020.

Registration: certificate registration page

The Advanced Forensic Social Work Certificate is a program sanctioned by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work. This certificate program is open to those who have completed the foundation forensic social work certificate program offered by NOFSW.     It would be appropriate to list or note this certificate among a professional’s specialized areas of training. It would not be appropriate to list as a credential after one’s name (e.g. Sallie Sue, AFSWC). The program is being offered in a virtual/online format with Part 1 being held Wednesday Dec. 2 from 1:00-5:15 central time. Part 2 will be held Thursday Dec. 3 1:00-4:30 central time.  Participation in both Part 1 and Part 2 is required to complete the certificate program.  The format will allow for viewing of the presentation and supporting materials as well as interaction between the presenters and participants in real time.  Registered participants will receive instructions on how to gain access to this event via email approximately one week prior to the event.  If you have questions about the AFSW Certificate, please contact Jim Campbell at


Presenter Bios (all presenters are NOFSW board members)

CE Credit Information


Advanced FSW Certificate Curriculum (DRAFT 8.24.20)

Areas of Training Focus:

  • Specific skills and techniques for successfully navigating legal and court arenas

  • Several distinct roles through which social workers commonly interface with the law

    • Child welfare

    • Public Defense

    • Expert Witness

  • Organizational leadership elements regarding agency policies, supervision and consultation

  • Impact of equity and social justice as ethical considerations

  • Illumination of some of the overarching societal issues impacting social systems, policies and regulations. 


1. Introduction – Overview of court systems and social work roles interfacing with those systems

  • Disclaimers and limitations

  • Introduction of guiding case study (additional details to unfold over the course of the training)

  • Training structure and participant engagement expectations

2. The call to court

  • Agency policies (host versus human service)

  • Subpoenas

  • Other disclosure avenues

3. Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

  • Research and information gathering

4. Documentation

  • A mini workshop within the workshop – participants get case study family, juvenile or criminal court writing assignments, e.g. affidavit, reports.

5. Testifying

  • Strategies

6. Mock Court – participant presentations in the form of “testimony”


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Phone: (608) 561-2997

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