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Non- Capital Mitigation Certificate Program

2023 National Organization of Forensic Social Certificate Series

June 7, 2023

(This program is offered in a virtual/online format only - $195 members/$245 non-members if registered by May 15)

Registration: registration is now open  (Intermediate)


Participatory Defense
o speaker: Dawn Harrington
o 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
o This presentation will focus on the specific needs of veterans going through the
criminal justice system process, how to accurately obtain records and identify.
information in them, and mitigating themes associated with prior military service.

Working with Experts
o speaker: Emily Reeder Abili
o This presentation will focus on the selection of appropriate experts and ideas to
retain experts on limited budget. 

Juveniles and Young Adults
o This presentation will focus on the phases of brain development and associated
behaviors for juveniles and young adults. Participants will be able to identify the
ways to advocate for juvenile and young adult clients.

o This presentation will focus on the underlying case law surrounding competency,
common errors committed by experts during the competency assessment process,
and the difference in training and expertise between psychologists and

o speakers: Dr. Sarah Vinson and Alena Aguilar
o This presentation will focus on trauma and how exposure to racism is a part of the
trauma experienced by clients. The importance of ethnocultural competency in
trauma assessments will also be discussed.

Cybertools in Mitigation Investigation
o Proposed speaker: Maria Sapene
o This presentation will focus on open source, online websites and tools that can be
accessed to locate and discover the electronic footprint of clients and witnesses in
criminal cases.

Presenter Bios 
Learning Objectives and references

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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