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.
PM Faculty

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; social equity and emerging topics shaping the future of the field.
Stacey Hardy-Chandler, PhD

Court Systems and Expert Testimony
Examines the court context of forensic social work practice focusing on criminal and child welfare examples of FSW consultation.
Dana Prescott, JD, PhD

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
John Cocco, PhD

(In)justice in the Juvenile and Adult Systems
Examines differences between the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems including legal, extra-legal, and socio-political factors. Provides in-depth analyses of the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Racial and Ethnic Disparities (Disproportionate Minority Contact) as key targets of social justice efforts.
Susan McCarter, PhD

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.
Valarie Mitchell, MSW

Wrap-Up Discussion & Community Building
PM Faculty

An acknowledgement of the 2019 Certificate program’s participants will take place during a general plenary session