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Functions of the forensic social work practitioner may include...

Providing consultation, education, or training to: Criminal justice, juvenile justice, and correctional systems Law makers Law enforcement personnel Attorneys, law students, and paralegals Members of the public Diagnosis, treatment, and recommendations: Diagnosing, assessing, and treating criminal and juvenile justice populations Diagnosing, treating, or making recommendations about mental status, childrens interests, incapacities, or inability to testify Serving as an expert witness Screening, evaluating, or treating law enforcement and other criminal justice personnel Other functions: Policy and program development Mediation, advocacy, and arbitration Teaching, training, and supervising Behavioral Science Research and Analysis

For more information about membership in NOFSW, contact: National Organization of Forensic Social Work 460 Smith Street, Suite K Middletown, CT 06457 Phone 860.613.0254 Fax 866.668.9858 www.nofsw.org Email pbrady@nofsw.org

National Organization of Forensic Social Work

National Organization of Forensic Social Work


Committed to Quality in Forensic Social Work
THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK was established to provide for the advancement of education in the field of forensic social work through: Annual Conferences Newsletter Publication Networking Opportunities Political Action Professional Journal Thereby enhancing the professional activities of forensic practitioners, administrators, and policy makers. What is Forensic Social Work? Forensic social work is the application of social work to questions and issues relating to law and legal systems. This specialty of our profession goes far beyond clinics and psychiatric hospitals for criminal defendants being evaluated and treated on issues of competency and responsibility. A broader definition

ciated with treatment outcomes. What the social worker offers must be of utility and couched in language to which the court can relate. The conclusions and recommendations must withstand critical review and rebuttal from opposing parties. The training of social work practitioners has not traditionally included familiarity with the adversary process nor the issues that civil and criminal justice systems confront. Without such training, social workers called onto provide forensic services may find themselves at a disadvantage. Forensic social work practitioners engage only in forensic activities within their areas of competence and expertise.

includes social work practice which in any way is related to legal issues and litigation, both criminal and civil. Child custody issues, involving separation, divorce, neglect, termination of parental rights, the implications of child and spouse abuse, juvenile and adult justice services, corrections, and mandated treatment all fall under this definition. Can any social worker be a forensic social worker? Forensic social work is based on specialized knowledge drawn from established principles and their application, familiarity with the law, painstaking evaluation, and objective criteria asso-