National Organization of Forensic Social Work


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Forensic Social Work Certificate
June 16, 2020
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1.  8:30 - 9:20  Orientation to the FSW Certificate - History and Foundations

The opening session welcomes attendees, covers participation expectations and sets the foundation for day’s exploration and learning experience.  Attendees will gain an understanding of the professional benefits and limitations of the FSW Certificate, take a brief look at the history of the field with specific attention to the cross-cultural nature of social work and the law, and identify emerging topics shaping the future of the field.

Stacey D. Hardy-Chandler

2.  9:25 – 10:15  Court Systems and Expert Testimony

Examines the court context of forensic social work practice focusing on criminal, consultant and child welfare examples.

Viola Vaughan-Eden and Dana Prescott


10:15-10:30 Break


3.  10:30 – 11:20 Law Enforcement: Partnerships with Purpose

Understanding law enforcement can be of significant benefit to variety of FSW functions including work in domestic violence, child protection and dependent and older adult protection. In a socio-cultural climate where community relationships can be tense, there important roles for FSWs and other human service collaborators

David McLeod

4.  11:25 – 12:15  Trauma-Informed Service Provision for Justice-Involved Populations

Explores common sources of trauma and keys to successful trauma-informed service delivery within the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Ethics, diversity, and advocacy are integrated into a discussion on engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation strategies for the direct service provider in forensic settings.

Ali Winters


 12:15 – 1:15  Lunch  On your own


5.  1:15 – 2:05  (In)justice in the Juvenile and Adult Systems

Examines the structure and goals of the juvenile justice system including legal, extra-legal, and socio-political factors.  Provides in-depth analyses of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (Disproportionate Minority Contact), and a national age of majority as key targets for forensic social work.

Susan McCarter

6.  2:10-3:00  Keys to Successful Offender Reentry

Explores mental health and addiction intervention factors and their impact on the transitioning back to the community; challenges and opportunities for forensic social work.

John Cocco


3:00 – 3:15 Break


7. 3:10 – 4:00  Public Defense Mitigation: Telling the Story

Provides a step-by-step approach to the forensic social worker’s role in sentencing advocacy; core social work skills are translated into the special needs for working effectively with a defense team.

Valarie Mitchell


4:05 – 4:30  Wrap-Up Celebration!

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