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2014 Conference Information



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In this century of changing demographics and policy and system reform, this year’s NOFSW conference will feature inter-professional learning opportunities on how to integrate cultural competence with justice in clinical, organizational, community, and policy practice.  This year’s conference will advance a new century of cultural justice, dignity, respect, and acceptance for all persons. Many forensic populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, at-risk youth, the elderly, veterans, immigrants, LGBTQ persons, persons with disabilities, or those living in poverty or communities of violence often lack access to quality services and cultural justice. Conferences attendees will increase their knowledge, values, and skills for working with forensic populations in healthcare, social service, and legal settings, including the courts and corrections.


The conference also includes the unique opportunity for attendees to attend field visits to innovative local and global organizations that advance cultural justice, live performances of the use of the arts for healing and rehabilitation, a prison art show, and film screenings with follow-up discussions with film directors. This year’s conference presentations also will be considered for our upcoming published book of conference proceedings or eligible for publication in the Journal of Forensic Social Work.

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Featured Conference Events:

RMOrtega(2)Keynote Presentation: Finding the Place for Cultural Humility in the Healing Process, Robert Ortega, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work. A cultural humility perspective is fundamentally geared toward acknowledging the limitations of cultural knowledge beyond self-knowledge. Through cultural humility, cultural stereotypes and culture-bound assumptions about specific cultures and cultural identities are actively and critically examined. Helping professionals are challenged to learn to identify and build on assets and adaptive strengths of child maltreatment victims and their families, inclusive of their intersectional, cultural self-definitions. This presentation advocates for engaging in culturally responsive practice inclusive of cultural humility that recognizes the unique contributions that victims and their families can make in the child maltreatment recovery process.

Bob Blancato pictureSpecial NOFSW annual conference session: Forty Years Later: Why Hasn’t Elder Abuse Also Been In the Spotlight? Robert B. Blancato, MPA, President of Matz, Blancato, & Associates. Bob is the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, a non-partisan, 680 member organization.Approximately forty years ago, child abuse prevention legislation began receiving funding. Today, elder abuse prevention is still under-recognized and poorly funded. This session will examine the evolution of elder abuse prevention as compared to child abuse prevention and the lessons that the elder justice movement can learn from the worlds of child abuse prevention and domestic violence prevention, including ways that these movements can work together. 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Special Participatory Forums on Social Work Empowerment and Forging 21st Century Social Work Leadership in Forensic Research, Education, and Practice/Advocacy.


Figures in Flight 4“Figures in Flight Released” a performance group with Rehabilitation through the Arts will perform Saturday evening at the NOFSW Annual Conference. RTA believes in the profoundly rehabilitative effect that engaging in the arts has on men and women behind bars.





Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM    Welcome Reception with entertainment by Bobbi DiBlasio, “A Taste of Greenwich Village.” DiBlasio has been inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Byrds and numerous others. This Acoustic 12 String Guitar Singer-Songwriter creates a distinctive, stimulating mix between blues, rock and folk. DiBlasio has opened for New Riders of The Purple Sage at BB Kings, NYC, Gil Parris at BB Kings, NYC, Blues Traveler in Tappan, NY, to name a few. Bobby’s original, creative style of music is welcomed by all spectrums of listeners. Open to the conference attendees and their friends.

The film, Mothers of Bedford, examines the struggles and joys what five women face as prisoners and mothers. It shows the normal frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of a child’s first birthday party inside prison, the cell that child lives in with her mother, and the biggest celebration of the year, Mother’s Day in prison!


The panelist include: Mona Graves (featured in Mothers of Bedford); Dr. Mary Byrne of Columbia School of Nursing (impressive research done of the nursery at BHCF) and Rebecca Sussman (coordinator of teen program at BHCF)


Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, MacMahon Hall, 113 West 60th Street, NYC. Free and Open to the Public

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Pre-Conference Events:

Queer Justice: The Intersection of LGBTQ Issues and Criminal Justice will feature local and national experts and include a field visit to a LGBT mental health service agency and reentry program. Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 (8:30 am to 5 pm). 12-1 pm Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell will be Keynote Luncheon Speaker. Click here to register for free.

Optional Site Visit before the start of the 2014 NOFSW annual conference to the The Social Service Board at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Services include televisiting communication of incarcerated parents with their children, advanced senior empowerment programs, homeless women’s sheltering, soccer play for urban Hispanic children, quality schools for formerly incarcerated children, psychiatric care for disaster victims, historical education exhibits, exhibitions for homeless artists. Friday, July 25, 2014, 10 AM – 2 PM. Walking distance from Fordham University, Two West 64th Street, Suite 505. Free. Click here to register.

Social Work Rising: Empowering Ourselves and Our Profession for a New Era of Cultural Justice, Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW; Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service; Past-President, National Organization of Forensic Social Work; Executive Director, Be the Evidence Project; Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine; Kathleen Otte, Regional Administrator, Regions I, II and III, U.S. Administration for Community Living, “Advancing Momentum:  Social Work Leadership in Aging and Underserved Populations” Thursday, July 24, 2014 (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Long Island University, Brooklyn

Location on Campus: Health Sciences Building
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201-8423


University and Community Supporters:

  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Arizona State University Office of Forensic Social Work Research and Training
  • Association for Community Organization and Social Administration
  • Be the Evidence Project, Fordham University
  • Chatham University
  • Correctional Association of New York
  • CSWE National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education
  • Rev. Marion Gambardella EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver Program,
  • Fordham Center for Community-Engaged Research
  • Fordham University Department of Psychology
  • George Mason University, Department of Social Work – Field Education Program
  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association-New York Region
  • Long Island University Brooklyn Department of Social Work
  • Monmouth University School of Social Work,
  • National Advocates for Pregnant Women (New York City)
  • National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
  • National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence
  • New York Academy of Medicine Social Work Section
  • New York City Family Cargeiver Coalition
  • New York City Partnership for Family Caregiving Corps
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • School of Social Science and Human Services, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
  • University of Alabama School of Social Work
  • The University of Mississippi Department of Social Work
  • University of North Carolina Charlotte Department of Social Work
  • University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology
  • University of Southern California Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center
  • University of Vermont Department of Social Work
  • Utah Criminal Justice Center

If your organization is interested in being a supporter of the 2014 conference, please contact Paul Brady at or Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and President, National Organization of Forensic Social Work at