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Forensic Social Work

Postby aodhfionn » Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:59 pm

Hi Hank, I was hoping to do clinical and forensic social work. But first I would like to know, what is the status of forensic social work as a profession? Is the environment safe to be in, in your opinion? I heard that forensic social workers do not enjoy great prestige, compared to forensic psychiatrists...is this true? I dont think why they shouldnt be respected because a lot of them are clinical social workers and therefore have experience in diagnosing mental illness. It just saddens me that it might be true because it is another aspect of social work I want to do but I do want my opinions to be respected and taken seriously as a professional.
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Forensic Social Work

Postby Taylan » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:10 pm

HELP IS HERE!    Hello, Sumaiya. I'll have to give you an OVERVIEW of Forensic Social Work since you have more than one question and an opinion wrapped up into one question:    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 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.    Forensic social work is based on specialized knowledge drawn from established principles and their application, familiarity with the law, painstaking evaluation, and objective criteria associated 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.    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 include:

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.    And lastly, other functions:

Policy and program development.

Mediation, advocacy, and arbitration.

Teaching, training, and supervising.

Behavioral Science Research and Analysis.

Forensic social work practitioners engage only in forensic activities within their areas of competence and expertise.    I'm a bonafide Paralegal, Sumaiya, and I have a great deal of respect for forensic social workers. Your opinion puzzles me. Please explain!                                             HANK
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Forensic Social Work

Postby Erroll » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:26 pm

Hi Hank, I was hoping to do clinical and forensic social work. But first I would like to know, what is the status of forensic social work as a profession? Is the environment safe to be in, in your opinion? I heard that forensic social workers do not enjoy great prestige, compared to forensic psychiatrists...is this true? I dont think why they shouldnt be respected because a lot of them are clinical social workers and therefore have experience in diagnosing mental illness. It just saddens me that it might be true because it is another aspect of social work I want to do but I do want my opinions to be respected and taken seriously as a professional.
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