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Forensic Interprofessional Continuing Education Courses

This forensic interprofessional concentration prepares social workers and other allied professionals for integrative practice with individual, families, and communities impacted by the criminal justice system. Individuals who participate in these trainings will increase their competencies to practice at the intersection of social work, public health and public safety, and the law using a human rights framework and practice strategies. Many forensic groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities, at-risk youth, the elderly, veterans, immigrants, LGBTQ persons, persons with disabilities, or those living in poverty or communities of violence often lack access to quality services and political, civil, social, economic, and cultural justice. Participants will learn and apply a human rights legal framework to guide multi-level prevention, assessment, and interventions with historically underrepresented and underserved individuals, families, and communities impacted by incarceration and/or victimization.

These trainings expose participants to innovative practice, research, and advocacy theories and skills commonly used in the criminal justice system, such as trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, restorative justice, expressive arts, interprofessional and intersectoral collaboration, case management, and rights and justice advocacy. After taking part in these trainings, participants will increase their knowledge, values, and skills in forensic practice with diverse populations in diverse practice settings, such as child and adult protective services, healthcare, social service, and legal settings, such as the courts, corrections, and community reintegration.


  • View video, event proceedings, and reference materials from our 2016 conference, "Professionals Speak Out About Torture and Dual Loyalty Conflicts". This conference brought together professionals uniquely qualified to discuss abusive conditions and what it takes to protect prisoner health care and the role of health personnel in preventing torture.

Courses include:

  • Trauma, Violence, and Abuse in Later Life: Multi-Level Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention Strategies
  • Introduction to Forensic Social Work Research, Practice, and Advocacy with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons
  • Introduction to Forensic Interprofessional Practice with Elders in the Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Forensic Practice with Diverse Populations