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Forensic Social Work Online Training: Register Today for Fall 2019 start date!

National Institute of Forensic Social Work

Bridging Professions and Building Competencies.

Canada's Leader in Forensic Social Work Since 2016

Course - Fall Start date: September 23, 2019

Forensic Social Work Online Course- Foundational Law for Social Work & Human Service Practice

Course Summary


The law has influenced all aspects of social work and human service practice since the inception of these professions. As such, it is crucial that practitioners in these fields have an understanding of the essential law for social work and human service practice. Unfortunately, many practitioners commence their careers without an awareness or understanding of how the law will impact their professional practice and their work with clients.

Many social work and human service practitioners work in the public sector, and the clients often are representative of the marginalized and disadvantaged in our society (such as Indigenous people, persons with mental health challenges and addictions, newcomers to Canada, etc.). The number of people facing social and economic challenges continues to increase. As a result, there is a formidable demand on social and human services. As social workers and human service practitioners continue to emphasize access to justice, the rights of the individual and social justice for all, it is imperative they have an understanding of how law and policy impact their work. 

This engaging and interactive 4-week workshop is skills-based and will increase your awareness of the law and its application and impact on practice. The workshop design takes into account the development of skills and knowledge sharing from a critical social lens and applies approaches and perspectives that are grounded in anti-oppressive, cultural awareness and trauma-informed practice. Through interactive exercises, critical reflection and thought-provoking case studies, you will learn to improve your professional skills and increase your awareness of the law.

Target Audience 

This workshop is geared toward those working in social work, healthcare, human service, and helping professions in the justice system including community legal workers, forensic social workers and legal navigators.

Learning Goals and Objectives

You will explore the Canadian legal system and the application of those laws relevant to social work and human service practice. You will develop an awareness and understanding of how law and social work intersect (forensic social work) and the impact on clients. By the end of the 4-week workshop, you will have developed a solid foundation and working knowledge of the law and its application to various areas of social work and human service practice, including new strategies and best practices to develop skills that will enhance your current practice and build confidence and competence in your understanding of the law.

This workshop requires approximately 3 hours of online work per week. Speed of learning and ease with technology will affect the time it takes to complete the course exercises. Basic technical and computer skills are required to watch online videos, post questions and comments, and to navigate the website. To register see below or contact:

Karla Hatt at: Coned@dal.ca

Continuing Education Coordinator

School of Social Work

FACULTY OF HEALTH
3201-1459 LeMarchant Street
PO Box 15000 | Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2  Canada

FSW: Foundational Law for Social Work and Human Service Practice

FSW: Foundational Law for Social Work and Human Service Practice

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Course Registration

Additional Information

Enrollment is limited to 35 participants.

12 Continuing Education Credit Hours.


Registration Fee

 

Early Rate (paid on or before August 12, 2019) $255

Regular Rate (paid after August 12, 2019) $290

Registration Policies


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What is Forensic Social Work?

Law and Social Work

Law and Social Work

Forensic social work is when the law and social work intersect usually in clinical practice and in the fields of child protection, youth criminal justice,domestic violence, mental health, and corrections. It is a speciality that requires enhanced professional training.

Inter-Professional Practise

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Forensic social work (FSW) is an emerging  sub-speciality of social work practise. The training in FSW  can benefit those in the legal community and social work. Social workers with the specialized training and certification are hired to work in law offices as part of an inter-disciplinary and inter-professional team. 

You as the Expert Witness

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Forensic social workers bring expert evidence into the court room through written reports such as risk assessments, parenting assessments, access assessments, child wishes statements and Inter-generational and trans-generational Impact Reports.(c)

Working in the Field

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Forensic social workers work as part of an investigative team with various legal authorities, police services and corrections to assist families in terms of protecting children, youth, and adults who have come in contact with the justice system.  

Sharing and Learning

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Forensic social workers are consultants, mentors and change-makers work with other professionals in many systems and in services that are linked to the justice system and advocate for social justice change by challenging policy and legislation. 

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