Clinical Forensic Social Work and Applications of Social Work Practices to Criminal Law

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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

NASW-NYS Members: $40

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $80

Non-Members: $100

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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Workshop Description
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.


Learning Objectives

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).

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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.

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April 26th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to  1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $40.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $80.00
Non-Member $100.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00