Forensic Social Work Certificate Program

October 12 and 13, 2021 (certificate registration page)

(This program is being offered in a virtual/online format only - $195 members/$245 non-members)

Thank you to all those who participated in the March Certificate Program.  What a meaningful experience it was for presenters and participants alike.  We received great feedback and have had many requests to offer the program again this year and so have scheduled it this fall.  We hope you will be able to join us.  

The Forensic Social Work Certificate is a continuing education program sanctioned by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work. This certificate program is open to anyone working in a forensic social work related field or is a graduate of or current student in a social work program.  Participants will receive training in topics  foundational to sound forensic social work knowledge. 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, FSWC).


The program is being offered in a virtual/online format with Part 1 being held Tuesday October 12  from 1:00-5:30 central time. Part 2 will be held Wednesday October 13  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 FSW Certificate, please contact Jim Campbell at


Presenter Bios (all presenters are NOFSW board members)

CE Credit Information

Learning Objectives



Day 1

1.  1:00 - 2:00  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.  2:00 – 3:00  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


3:00-3:15 Break


3.  3:15 – 4:15 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.  4:15 – 5:30  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


 Day 2

5.  1:00 – 2:00  (In)justice in the Juvenile Justice System

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.  2:00-3:00  The Casualties of Incarceration

Explores the impact of incarceration on children, families and communities and the value of forensic social work practice beyond the criminal justice system.

Wendy Champagnie Williams


3:00 – 3:15 Break

7. 3:15 – 4:15  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

4:15 – 4:30  Wrap-Up