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Forensic Social Work Continuing Education Series

August 08, 2023

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3-Part CEU Webinar Series on Forensic Social Work

The National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW) Education and Training Subcommittee is collaborating with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work to provide a three-part series on forensic social work.

“Forensic social work” refers to the intersection of social work and the law. Social workers provide key roles to civil, criminal, family, health, environmental, and immigration law, and serve in numerous capacities, including (but not limited to) expert witnesses, legal advocates, investigators, mediators of alternative dispute resolution practices, treatment providers, and policy advocates.

1.5 CEU’s per session | Earn up to 4.5 CEU’s total
All sessions via Zoom
All sessions cover the Ethics requirement for licensure (LCSW/LSW/LCPC/LPC) in the state of Illinois
$20 per session with CEU’s | $10 per session without CEU’s

Trauma-Informed Care with Justice-Involved Populations
October 13, 2023
12:00-1:30pm CST

Explores the neuroscience of trauma, common behavioral patterns, 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 social workers providing direct service and organizational/community-based service in forensic settings.

Presenter: Ali Winters, DSW, LCSW
Associate Professor of Practice | College of Social Work, University of Tennessee



Previous Presentations

Responding to Social Injustices in the Criminal Legal System: What Can Social Workers Do?
September 29, 2023
12:00 – 1:30pm CST

This presentation explores the various perspectives of social workers on the criminal legal system. There are many avenues that social workers can take across several positionalities, from reformative and restorative to transformative and abolitionist. Although social workers do not align on their positionality, there is a general consensus that the criminal legal system is unjust and requires significant changes (Carrington, in progress). There are numerous opportunities to change social work practice and state and federal policies, including (but not limited to) increased accountability, diversion programs, decriminalizing cannabis and other substances, ending voter disenfranchisement, restorative practices, housing-first programs, and abolishing prisons. This presentation will first review Nicotera’s (2019) seven tenets (“seven Es”) of social justice for the social work profession. Next, this presentation will discuss the various positionalities of social workers. Finally, this presentation will review current issues in the criminal legal system and initiatives that social workers can join that align with the seven Es.

Presenter: Allison Carrington, MSW
PhD candidate | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work

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