Forensic Social Work Certificate


Forensic Social Work Certificate Program (held in conjunction with the annual conference – not included with conference registration)
The Forensic Social Work Certificate is a program sanctioned by the National Organization of Forensic Social Work.  Graduates who have successfully met program expectations are identified as having received training in topics deemed foundational to sound forensic social work knowledge.  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, FSWC).   If you have questions about the proper use of the FSW Certificate please contact the NOFSW Executive Director.


Orientation to the FSW Certificate
Covers attendance and participation expectations for certificate institute attendees; outlines the professional benefits and limitations of the certificate.

History and Foundations of Forensic Social work: A Cultural Journey
A brief look back at the history of the field with specific attention to the cross-cultural nature of social work and the law; identifies emerging topics shaping the future of the field.

Court Systems and Expert Testimony
Examines the court context of forensic social work practice focusing on criminal, consultant and child welfare examples.

Keys to Successful Offender Reentry
Explores mental health and addiction intervention factors and their impact on the transitioning back to the community; challenges and opportunities for forensic social work

Juvenile (In)justice
Considers the socio-political factors directing children to the JJ system including a critical examination of racial disparities and how these play out at crucial decision points for our youth.

Public Defense Mitigation: Telling the Story
Provides a step-by-step approach to the forensic social worker’s role in sentencing advocacy; core social work skills are translated into the special needs for working effectively with a defense team.

Law Enforcement: Partnerships with Purpose
Understanding law enforcement can be of significant benefit to variety of FSW functions including work in domestic violence, child protection and dependent and older adult protection.

Wrap-Up Discussion & Community Building