2016 NOFSW Conference Plenary and Workshop Descriptions

Friday, June 17 12:30-1:30
Plenary: Can We Help and Be Helped? Mindfulness practices may be the answer

Forensic social workers are a high performance profession with great rewards and great stressors. Psychosocial elements may contribute to elevated levels of stress, trauma and attrition. Mindfulness techniques are changing the paradigm of care, allowing practitioners to care for others while they care for themselves. This theoretical-experiential presentation will discuss the psychosocial and neurophysiological bases of stress, and will introduce the practice of mindfulness techniques and their possible applications in forensic social work practice.
Jose Calderon, MD

Friday, June 17 2:00-3:30

  1. The Familiar Faces Initiative: Social Justice and Collective Impact for Health and Human Services Transformation
    We can no longer apply a criminal justice response to health and human services issues. The Familiar Faces Initiative is large cross-sector planning and visioning to address this.
    Jesse Benet, M.A.; Margo Burnison, MSW
  2. Sequential Intercept Model of Justice Involved Persons with Mental Illness: An Examination of the Bidirectional Nature of Intercepts and the Opportunities for Collaboration
    This presentation will discuss the Sequential Intercept Model for diverting people with mental illnesses. It will also examine the bidirectional nature and the opportunities for collaboration with other social workers in the criminal justice system.
    David Bishop, LCSW
  3. Social Workers as Expert Witnesses: Effective Testimony about Young Defendants’ ADHD
    This workshop presents effective testimony strategies about young defendants’ ADHD diagnosis in the context of the criminal justice system. Strategies based on analysis of court decisions are modeled and practiced.
    Orly Calderon, Psy.D.
  4. Forensic Social Worker as LEADER: Professional and Organizational Development in Socio-Legal Systems
    Unlock the FSW Leader within!  Whether in one’s current role or for career planning, developing leadership talents not only benefit the worker, but also supports resiliency and organizational culture change.
    Stacey Hardy-Chandler,  PhD, JD, LCSW
  5. Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline for African American Youth
    Increasing numbers of African American youth are entering African’s Prisons at alarming numbers. This workshop is designed to train social workers in the skills necessary to disrupt going to prison.
    Ben Robertson, Jr., Ph. D.; Kazell Williams, MSW
  6. Building Capacity for Victim Advocates A Well-Care Practice Model
    This workshop will spotlight the unique role of social work in the role of educating victim advocates, replicate the module offered and, will provide the data from previous participants suggestions on how to institutionalize self-care into the work place.
    Barbara Harris, M.S.W., L.M.H.P., Ph.D.

Friday, June 17 3:45-5:15

  1. Juvenile Justice in New Orleans: Collaborating to Create Forensic Placements for Social Work Students
    In Post-Katrina New Orleans , the Juvenile Justice system is in dire need of social work/ers. This panel presentation by social work field educators will address effective collaborating for social work student placements in forensic settings.
    Ira Arthell Neighbors, DSW, LCSW, MSW; Derrick Freeman, PhD; Gail Wise, DSW; Bonnie Alston, MSW
  2. Platform for Change ; A Dare to Challenge
    This workshop presents a point and counterpoint, view of treatment. We partner with addictive persons too challenge the clinical philosophy and treatment by developing a comprehensive integrated systems of care.
    William Holt, MSS; Jacqueline Blatt, MCAT
  3. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT): A Community Approach to Crisis Intervention
    Utah Crisis Intervention Team’s (CIT) increases the probability that individuals court involved remain in the most appropriate setting through community partnerships between law enforcement, community advocacy groups, and mental health.
    Amanda Alkema, LCSW; David Moss, Lieutenant (ret), MPA; LeAnne Huff, LCMH

10.1 (3:45-4:30) Top 10 Points to Ponder in Decertification/Transfer Cases
This workshop will address ten major factors of which a forensic social worker should be aware when testifying as an expert witness in decertification/transfer cases.
Randolph Matuscak, MSW, AFSW; Jeffrey Shook, Ph.D

10.2 (4:30-5:15) Bringing the Death Row inmate to life: testimony using genograms and eco-maps in Capital Cases
This session shows how genograms and eco-maps are powerful and valuable tools for social workers testifying as experts for defense teams in capital cases.
Rebecca Chaisson, Ph.D.; Vurtonya Smith, MSW student

  1. Teaching/training social work students and practitioners for the defense
    Discuss the academic partnership between city, state and federal defense organizations and the Columbia School of Social Work to further develop defense oriented social work practitioners, advocates and teachers.
    Jenny Crawford, MSW; Rachelle Veasley, LCSW; Vivianne Guevara, LMSW

12.1   Race, Trauma, & Incarcerated Women: Exploring Relational Violence Throughout the Lifespan
This presentation will detail findings from a study of incarcerated women which explored their personal experiences of family and relationship based violence from childhood until the time of their incarceration.
David McLeod, PhD, MSW; Susan Sharp, PhD; Melissa Jones, MA 

12.2 Outcomes of relationship based violence along women’s pathways to incarceration
This presentation will explore the findings of a research study were the outcomes of (pre-arrest) relationship based violence among incarcerated women was measured. Myths of gender-symmetry will be addressed.
David McLeod, PhD, MSW; Susan Sharp, PhD; Melissa Jones, MA 

Friday, June 17 5:30-6:30 Reception and Poster Presentations

Mitigation in Juvenile and Criminal Cases
The process of preparing social history, pre-plea, pre-sentence, and alternative dispositional reports in juvenile and criminal matters and testifying as an expert witness.
Erin Brown, MSW

Here Be Dragons: Using Maps to Evaluate Risk
This presentation explores the use of mapping software to evaluate policy and assess risk in communities.
John Cocco, MSW

The Valid Court Order exception to the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act: A comparative policy analysis of Arkansas and Texas with a call to action.
Analysis of state implementation and use of the Valid Court Order exception to the JJDPA.
Marcus Crawford, MSW

The Impact of Mental Health Courts on the Psychosocial Outcomes of Participants
Mental health courts appear to have a positive impact on psychosocial outcomes of participants, but making causal inferences is difficult because of a lack of research using experimental design.
Jennifer Erwin, JD, MSW

Mentally Ill Parolees: Are we Setting them up to Violate?
Identifying how many men are incarcerated for a VOP & require inpatient level of care for mental illness to determine which revocations were due to technical violations that could have been mitigated.
Ashley  Fresenius, LMSW

Running in Circles: The Practice and Use of Restorative Justice Circles in Federal Defense          
Federal Defenders social workers provide restorative circles for sentencing, circles between U.S. supervising officers and clients, and with our staff, with plans to diversify the types of circles we facilitate.
Vivianne Guevara, LMSW

The Forensic Environment: service user perspectives into the pursuit of meaningful occupations          
A study which looks into the practice of occupational therapy in forensic settings, outcomes are discussed as a way to improve future practice
Rebecca Haythorne, MSc

The Impact of Death Row Exoneration Testimonial Among Social Work Students            
This study examined the impact of death row exoneree testimonial on BSW students.
Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW; R.T. Praetorius, PhD; M.K. McCoy; D.B. Mitschke;  J. Henderson                     

The Black Voice Matters: A Phenomenological Study of the Impact of Police Violence Among Black College Students
A phenomenological study of Black college students’ experiences of police encounters
Anne Nordberg, PhD, MSW; Mark Stevens; Schnavia Smith Hatcher, PhD, MSW

An Examination of Best Practices and Intervention Geared Towards Reducing Recidivism Rates
This research study investigated recidivism and society; recidivism and employment, recidivism and poverty; recidivism resilience. The research focused on the investigation associated with the difficulties ex-offenders have transitioning back to society.
Glinda Powell, MSW; Meisha Harris, MSW; Anitra Jefferson, MSW

Employing Art as Therapy to Address Mental Health Needs of Youth in Detention
Using personal experience as a counselor in training with youth in detention, coupled with current research, to explore the use of art as a therapeutic vessel.
Lesley Shiver, BA; Lacy Kantra, MS

Statutory Compensation for the Wrongly Imprisoned
An examination of state compensation statutes regarding wrongful imprisonment. specifically, monetary and reentry support provisions.
Tina Simms, MSW

Racial Dis-proportionality
Children of racial and ethnic minorities are being referred more to the juvenile justice system for school based offenses.
D’Nicole Tangen, BA, MSW; Sandra Hulbert, MSW

An Examination of Risk Factors Predicting Injection Drug Use Among Previously Incarcerated Rural Women
The current study examined the factors influencing injection drug use for rural women who were released from prison one year prior.
Grant Victor, M.S.W.; Athena Kheibari, M.A.

Early life incarceration and duration of homelessness among Los Angeles homeless adults moving into permanent supportive housing
Early histories of incarceration drastically limit individuals in leading productive lives. This study explores whether age of first incarceration effects duration of homelessness in a sample of homeless adults.
John Lahey, BA; Hailey  Winetrobe, MPH; Robin Petering, MSW               ; Benjamin Henwood, MSW,  PhD; Suzanne Wenzel, PhD

Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work with Women in Solitary Confinement
The purpose of this presentation is to provide information on the unique characteristics, mental health needs, and evidence-based therapeutic interventions for treating women in solitary confinement.
Ali Winters, DSW, LCSW

Saturday, June 18 8:30-10:00
Plenary “From Mass Incarceration to Smart Decarceration: Social Work’s Leading Role During a Transformational Era”
Social work is uniquely positioned to lead the country out of an era of mass incarceration and into an era of decarceration. This talk will outline guiding concepts for smart decarceration, social work’s leading role in smart decarceration, and the outcomes that will be achieved. Effective, sustainable, and socially just decarceration will not occur in the absence of social work guidance; and social work is prepared to lead.
Carrie Pettus-Davis, assistant professor, is founding director of the Concordance Institute for Advancing Social Justice and co-founder and co-director of the Smart Decarceration Initiative. Professor Pettus-Davis oversees research to better understand factors and disseminate practices that will dramatically reduce incarceration rates.

Saturday, June 18 10:30-12:00

  1. Surviving the Row: Death Row Exonerees Speak Out
    This panel addresses the many challenges confronting those who have been released from death row and their families
    Sandra Joy, Ph.D., LCSW; John Thompson; Shareef Cousin
  2. The Connection between Risk Assessment and Program Development: A primer for female offenders in Alternative to Incarceration programs
    This presentation will discuss the use of gender responsive risk assessment in ATI programs serving women offenders
    Delores Blackwell, LCSW,CCTP
  3. Changing Goals of Federal Defense: How Social Workers Shape and Inform Federal Practice
    A panel of Federal Defender social workers discuss how social work impacts federal practice, how the federal districts and offices differ, and trends that may inform state level practice.
    Ellen Shultz, MSW; Mary Veral, MSW; Amy Hurd, MSW; Vivianne Guevara, LMSW; Amy Skrien, JD
  4. Effectively Incorporating Social Support into Interventions with Individuals Leaving Incarceration
     Positive social support can improve a range of well-being outcomes for individuals releasing from incarceration. Although social support is often available for people getting out of prison, it is fragile, can be unstable, and tends to deteriorate or turn negative overtime. This workshop will introduce an evidence-driven approach to enhancing the availability and sustainability of social support for those releasing from incarceration.
    Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD

  5. Courageous Dialogues at Micro, Mezzo and Macro Levels
    In recent years, practitioners and researchers have stressed the need for innovative treatment options for domestic violence offenders and victims alike. A restorative justice approach is one promising way of alleviating the problem of domestic violence.
    Roopali Dhingra, MSW; Valarie Mitchell, MSW
  6. Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Defense
    As social workers are increasingly incorporated into criminal defense settings, unique challenges have emerged. This workshop examines ethical dilemmas in these settings and provides an overview of relevant literature.
    Sarah Buchanan, LCSW; Wright Kaminer, LCSW; Roger Nooe, PhD; Chris Smith, LCSW  

Saturday, June 18 1:30-3:00 

  1. Probable Cause and the use of Deadly Force: Permission to Kill?
    The insurgence of police killings in America has sparked a national debate about the legal and ethical standards and practices of police officers across the United States. This presentation explores the issue.
    Gilbert Singletary, JD, PhD, MBA, MSSW
  2. The Maryland Unger Project: Re-Entry Support for Life-Sentenced, Geriatric Prisoners
    This workshop will provide an overview of the Unger & Waine decisions in the Maryland Courts, describe the group of long-term geriatric prisoners being released, and explore their challenges and accomplishments during the re-entry process.
    Rebecca Bowman-Rivas; Elizabeth Smith, MSW; Angela Aloi, MSW
  3. Suicide Prevention in Correctional Settings
    Research has shown that prison suicides are the third leading cause of death in correctional institutions. This presentation examines basic elements of suicide prevention programs, including training, assessment and follow-up.
    Twana Melody Wood-Schultz, PhD, LCSW
  4. Culturally Competent Forensic Social Work Practice
    This presentation is meant to address the various cultures (and types of cultures) that Forensic Social Workers will encounter in their work with clients, as well as explore the types of cultures that clients are navigating.
    Lejla Bajrami, LMSW
  5. Investigating False Allegations of Sexual Abuse
    This workshop examines contexts and dynamics that can lead to false allegations, research-based interviewing techniques, children’s memory of traumatic events, and how distorted memory can elicit a false allegation.
    Susan Robbins. Ph.D.

24.1 ( 1:30-2:15) Identification and Mitigation Strategies for Defendants With Mental Illness/MICA, Developmental Issues, and Traumatic Brain Injury
Participants will learn to properly identify the nature and severity of defendant’s cognitive issues in order to develop effective mitigation strategy.
Jill Wechsler, BA, MSW; Beth Natale, BA, MSW

24.2 (2:15-3:00) Articulating the Impact of PASRR post-Olmstead: Exemplifying a Disconnect Between Change-making Policy and Implementation
The Olmstead decision acknowledged a need to advocate for aid-seekers who are suffering from mental health disparities or disability; however, resultant policies are rendered ineffective by lacking community resources otherwise needed for implementation.
Keith Rinier, BA, BSW, MSW

Saturday, June 18 3:15-4:45 

  1. Developing Written Advocacy Skills: Persuasion and Disruption
    This workshop will provide instruction on how to develop effective written advocacy in defense work as well as facilitate a discussion exploring the limitations through a radical social work lens.
    Kristen  Black, MA, MSW; Kayla Bennett, LMSW
  2.  The role of Terror Management Theory and social injustice in capital punishment
    This presentation will argue that death-related psychological terror is a major factor driving human behavior – particularly violent and discriminatory behavior – and the inclination to support capital punishment. The theories included in this presentation have had a wealth of empirical support and continue to contribute to our understanding of wrongful convictions, false confessions, jury decision-making, and societal perceptions of criminals.
    Athena Kheibari, M.A; Grant Victor, M.S.W.
  3. The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Project: A Group Approach to Reducing Violence
    The BRAVE Project is a multi-agency/multi-disciplinary approach to reducing group involved violence crime in targeted areas. This project uses a data driven approach to address group related violence.
    Juan Barthelemy, Ph.D.; Lt. Herbert Anny; Cpt. Rodney Walker MA/MS; Aishala Burgess, J.D.  

28.1 (3:15-4:00) Characteristics of Incarcerated Young Adults
The purpose of this project is to describe the population of disengaged young adults 18-24 involved in Mecklenburg County’s criminal justice system.
Susan McCarter, PhD, MS, MSW

28.2 (4:00-4:45) Prison Labor Programs: A Position for Social Work
This session proposes an ethical model for prison enterprises which observes global labor standards, the racialized nature of punishment, and the risk of punishment for profit.
Shannon Sliva, PhD

29. From the Nuremberg Code to the APA’s Hoffman Report: Forensic Experts and “Do no Harm”?
From the lessons of the APA’s Hoffman Report, this program explores the duty of forensic experts to protect parents and children from the misuse or exploitation of scientific research.
Dana Prescott, JD, MSW, PhD; Diane A. Tennies, PhD, LADC

30.1 (3:15-4:00) Understanding homeless youth gang involvement through the Life History Calendar
The current study uses qualitative Life History Calendar methodology to further understand the experiences of homeless youth who have ever been a gang member or closely affiliated with a gang.
Robin Petering, MSW; Hadass Moore, MSW

30.2 (4:00-4:45) Parolees Perceptions of Factors Impacting Their Ability to Desist from Criminal Activity After Release
Many offenders leave prison without the skills and support to lead a crime-free life. Qualitative analysis of 50 parolees’ experience returning to the community after release from prison was used to gain greater understanding of the factors that influence desistance, including the role of sense of self-efficacy, regret, and perception of stigma.
Christian Sarver, MS, MSW; Van Nguyen, MSW; Jen Molloy, MSW

Sunday, June 19 9:00-10:30 

31.1 (9:00-9:45) Effects of Childhood Adversities on Positive Adult Functioning
The investigation on whether childhood adversity impact adult functioning at age 27.  Results indicate that, particularly, maltreatment, poor bonding with parents, and poverty showed significantly negative impacts.
Ebasa Sarka, MSW, Ph.D.

31.2 (9:45-10:30) Youth Recidivism: A Qualitative Study of Risk and Resilience
Informed by a constructionist approach and Resilience Theory, this qualitative study employs in-depth interviews to explore what at-risk youths believe would help them avoid re-offending and ways they are resilient.
Jesse Near, BA, BSW, MSW

32.1 (9:00-9:45) Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: Practice and Research on Court-mandated Treatment
This presentation will provide an overview of court-mandated domestic violence treatment and the use of restorative justice to address domestic violence crimes.
Briana Barocas, Ph.D.; Danielle Emery, MPA

32.2 (9:45-10:30) Domestic Violence Policy, Forensic Mental Health, and the Revival of Rehabilitation.
This paper examines contemporary domestic violence policy and practice in light of emerging trends in corrections and criminal justice with emphasis given to issues of forensic mental health.
Kenneth Corvo, PhD

33.1 (9:00-9:45) Stop! Blaming the Victim: The Plight of African American Males in Pre-Post Katrina
As forensic social workers have the courage to work within the criminal justice systems the populations most likely to be met are African American males. Blaming the victim is a concept in social work. Combating crime is a kin to forensic social work.
Ira Arthell Neighbors, DSW, MSW; Harry A. Russell, PhD., MSW

33.2 (9:45-10:30) Civic Engagement and Reentry:  Returning Citizens Respond during the Freddy Gray Uprisings
Civic Engagement theory suggests volunteerism participation facilitates reentry. This paper reports a qualitative study of Black men receiving reentry services engaged in quelling violence during the Freddy Gray riots.
Harriet Goodman, LMSW, DSW; Maurice Vann, Masters in Legal and Ethical Studies

  1. Addressing the Ethical Dilemmas & Social Justice Policy Implications surrounding Federal Child Pornography Cases
    This presentation will address the ethical dilemmas and social justice policy implications surrounding federal child pornography cases. Alternative considerations for the effective treatment of child pornography cases will be proposed.
    Rachelle Veasley, LCSW; Danielle Azzarelli, LMSW; Brittany Larson, LMSW
  2. Presumption and Prejudice: Pregnant Drug Using Women and Charges of Child Neglect
    This workshop will compare the range of social work and public policy approaches addressing pregnant women who use drugs and the barriers they face in seeking health care and social services.
    Sarah Cremer, LMSW; Dinah Ortiz
  3. “Breaking Barriers, Taking Names:” An Overview of Kentucky’s Alternative Sentencing Social Worker Program
    Learn more about how the social workers develop alternative sentencing plans including thinking of  solutions to build alternative sentencing plans around careful assessment of needs for rehabilitating the individuals who are facing incarceration.
    LaCinda Jones , MSW, LSW; Algeria Wilson, BSW; Barbara Cowan, MSW

Sunday, June 19  10:45-12:15                                                                       

37. Re-Entry Programs Reduce Recidivism and Increase Public Safety – CSOSA’s DC Experience
This work shop will demonstrate the effectiveness of reentry programs. This workshop will show how law enforcement agencies can be sensitive to treatment needs of offenders and incorporate evidence based practices into their agencies.
Roderick S. Johnson, MSW, CASAC; Paul R. Wells, LICSW; Robert Evans III, LPC, LCPC, MAC

38. Comorbidity in the Jail Setting
This workshop will cover infectious disease, chronic and behavioral health comorbidity, implications for public and jail health, and health related reentry issues when offenders are being released from the jail.
Amber Hebert, LCSW-BACS

39. Ethical, Legal, and Strategic Issues for Forensic Social Workers in Holistic Juvenile Defense Settings
As holistic juvenile defense practice expands, more social workers are incorporated into legal teams. Conflicts are inevitable, but navigable between our professions. We will present how we successfully integrated into legal teams & how others can too.
Heather Kindschy, LCSW-BACS

40.1 (10:45-11:30) Incarcerated Women’s Experiences and Beliefs about Psychotropic Medication: An Empirical Study
The paper presentation describes a quantitative investigation into the experiences of incarcerated women with psychotropic medication (N=274), highlighting the implications for compassionate and effective forensic social work services.
Rachel C. Casey, MSW; Kia J. Bentley, MSW, PhD

40.2 (11:30-12:15) Factors correlated with violence committed by persons with psychiatric disorders against a relative
This presentation will describe factors recently found to be associated with family violence committed by persons with psychiatric disorders.
Travis Labrum, MSW; Phyllis Solomon, PhD

41.1 (10:45-11:15) Collaboration and multidisciplinary teams responsible for child abuse investigations
This presentation presents the results of a qualitative research study of how multidisciplinary team members perceived collaboration and its effects upon team functioning in child abuse investigations.
Teresa Young, PhD

41.2 (11:15-11:45) How the intersection of applied anthropology with time-space intelligent child protection social work can help protect the world’s children
Utilizing the Time Space Intelligence Assessment System to courageously fuse intuition with observation in order to ask the hard questions and generate the evidence we need in-the-moment.
Colette Street, MSW, PhD; Yvette Willock, MSW, MA

41.3 ( 11:45-12:15) Trauma-Informed Supervision in Helping Professions
This study presents initial guidelines to support supervisors of trauma work, including the supervisor’s role as advocate regarding organizational factors that increase vicarious trauma risk for helping professionals.
Lacy Kantra, MS; Christina Wright, MS;  James “Tres” Stefurak, PhD