Clinical Forensic Social Work and Applications of Social Work Practices to Criminal Law
Friday, April 26th, 2024
9:00am to 1:00pm ET
Presenter: Robert W. Mulligan, M.P.S., R-LCSW; Hugo Lopez, LMSW, CASAC, Jeanne Racioppi LMHC
NASW-NYS Members: $40
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $80
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE
This workshop is approved for 4.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists
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This program will explore the role of clinical forensic social workers, describing challenges and best practices in areas such as: collaborating with criminal defense attorneys; offering relevant clinical information at plea negotiations with defense and prosecuting attorneys; offering verbal and written material in Court for acceptance as evidence; and discussions with defendants involving the decision to become a “cooperative witness.” In addition, this session will explore mitigation and ways it interfaces with parole, probation, and sentencing of criminal defendants. The presenters will also offer clinical information for a variety of cases, such as: working with family members of the defendant when and where appropriate; working with clients/defendants experiencing substance abuse and/or alcoholism; and working with clients who experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe forensic social work
2. Describe the various roles and functions of legal systems that social workers may engage with, including the difference between a prosecutor and defense counsel; and the differences between defense counsel and Legal Aid
3. Identify various forensic social work evaluations
4. Describe ways that systemic issues impact individual cases presented in court
5. Describe how mandated reporting and HIPAA interact with the forensic social work system.
6. Identify ways counter-transference may manifest in the forensic social work setting
7. Identify how to negotiate the legal system
8. Explain best practices in working with perpetrators, families, and members of the judicial system
This workshop is approved for 4.0 continuing education credit hours.
NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).
Robert W. Mulligan, M.P.S., LCSW-R. Robert W. Mulligan acquired his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Long Island University before earning his Masters of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice at Long Island University in 1981. He also obtained a Master in Social Work in 1985 from the Adelphi University School of Social Work, specializing in casework and community organization. Robert spent over seven years working at the Nassau County Treatment Alternative to Street Crime of the Education Assistance Center in Port Washington, New York, and has also been working as an adjunct professor of Forensic Social Work at the Graduate School of Social Work of LIU since 2011. Robert has simultaneously maintained his private practice since 1985 specializing in Psychotherapy and Forensic Social Work where he has participated in thousands of criminal and juvenile cases with charges ranging from Petit Larceny to Murder.
Hugo Lopez, LMSW, CASAC. Hugo Lopez procured his Associate of Applied Science degree alongside his title of Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor at Suffolk Community College. He then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from the Long Island University School of Social Work and then continued his education at Fordham University School of Social Work where he earned his Masters in Social Work. Hugo has spent much of his career working in hospitals and treatment programs across Long Island, providing short-term and long -term individual psychotherapy counseling services to a diverse population of clients. During his time at the Consulting Project Inc., in Forest Hills, Hugo provided bilingual (English/Spanish) forensic psychosocial evaluations for private clients engaged in the legal system. Most recently, Hugo has been working at the Nassau County Substance Alternative Clinic providing individual psychotherapy counseling services, while also running his private practice- Amicus Advocacy Group, which is a full service Forensic Social Work Practice.
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