Description: Forensic social workers play a pivotal role in diagnosing individuals within the criminal justice system (person resulted in an arrest, juvenile detention, civil or criminal court, etc.), making recommendations about mental status, serving as an expert witness, and referring defendants to community resources. They use their expertise to provide consultation, advocacy and training to law enforcement and legal interdisciplinary teams.
Typical Career path: MSW - LSW/SWC - LCSW positions
Sample/Related Job Titles: Forensic Social Worker, Co-Responder, Probation Officer, Correctional Counselor/Social Worker, Juvenile Probation Officer, Probation Counselor, Correctional Social Worker, Correctional Specialist, Forensic Specialist, Case Manager.
Licensure: A license is often required for entry-level positions. Graduates should consider obtaining their LSW (or SWC) & LCSW as soon as possible for job eligibility and promotion. More information is available on the Licensure tab. *Note if you are a non-Colorado social worker, see the Licensure tab for your state licensure requirements.
NOFSW (National Organization of Forensic Social Work) - NOFSW
CSCSW (Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work) -CSCSW*Learn about CSCSW in thisVideo
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National Association of Social Workers – NASW’s Official Group
University of Denver: Graduate School of Social Work
There are a number of salary scales available online; however, these resources are recommended.
VideoForensic Social Worker_Feb 2021 - Forensic social workers play a critical role working helping victims of crimes by assisting their clients understand their rights and navigate the legal system. From advocacy and crisis interventions to assessment and policy development, forensic social worker is a growing area of the profession. Join this event to network with Alumni working in various areas of this field.