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Mitigation Certificate Program

2023 National Organization of Forensic Social Certificate Series

Fall Schedule TBA

  • Participatory Defense

    • Guest speaker:  Ms. Dawn Harrington

    • This presentation will focus on Ms. Harrington’s journey to developing Free Hearts in Nashville and being the Nashville Hub of the Participatory Defense Movement.  The basics of participatory defense will be discussed.

  • Working with Veterans

    • Guest speaker:  Mr. Art Cody

    • This presentation will focus on the needs of veterans going through the criminal justice system process, how to obtain records, and mitigating themes associated with prior military service.

  • Working with Experts

    • Guest speaker:  Dr. Emily Reeder Abili

    • This presentation will focus on the selection of appropriate experts and ideas to retain experts on limited budget. 

  • Juveniles and Emerging Adults

    • Proposed speaker: 

    • This presentation will focus on the phases of brain development for juveniles and emerging adults.  Participants will be able to identify ways to advocate for juveniles and emerging adults in the criminal justice system.

  • Competency

    • Proposed speaker: 

    • This presentation will focus on the underlying case law surrounding competency, elements of competency evaluations, and common errors committed by experts during the competency assessment process.

  • Trauma

    • Guest speakers:  Dr. Sarah Vinson and Ms. Alena Aguilar

    • This presentation will focus on trauma and its effects.  The importance of ethnocultural competency in trauma assessments will also be discussed.

  • Cybertools in Mitigation Investigation

    • Guest speaker:  Ms. Maria Sapene

    • This presentation will focus on open-source websites and online tools that can be accessed to locate and discover the electronic footprint of clients and witnesses in criminal cases.


Presenter Bios 
Learning Objectives


The Non-Capital Mitigation Certificate is a program sanctioned by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work.   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, NCMFSWC). The program is being offered in a virtual/online format.  Participation in all parts of the program 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 NCMFSW Certificate, please contact Jim Campbell at
Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.  Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund.

The National Organization of Forensic Social Work, provider # 1823, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. National Organization of Forensic Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/18/2022–07/18/2023.  Social workers completing this course receive 7.0 continuing education credits.

System requirements: 
• Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
• Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
• Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

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