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Hood hosts forensic social work seminar

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The application of social work to legal issues and litigation is the topic of a seminar at April 3 at 7 p.m. in Coblentz Hall seminar room at Hood College.

Veronica Cruz, chair of the National Association of Social Workers-Maryland’s committee on forensic social work, and Lori James-Townes, director of social work for Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender, will discuss the field of forensic social work.

One of the fastest growing sub-specialties in the social work profession, forensic social workers are often employed in a clinical social work position, but in a legal setting such as psychiatric hospitals, prisons and public defenders’ offices, or as probation officers in the courts. They may also be called upon to provide research or testimony in civil court cases and legal proceedings, such as child-custody issues involving separation, divorce, neglect and termination of parental rights; child and spousal abuse; juvenile and adult justice services; corrections; and mandated treatment.

One social work CEU is offered.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

For information and reservations, email sjc8@hood.edu.