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Understanding the Experience of Individuals Indirectly-Impacted by the Criminal Legal System
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When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Where: Online Live Webinar
New York, New York 
United States

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Social workers and mental health professionals are at the front-line of work with individuals who are indirectly-impacted by the criminal legal system but often lack specific “cultural competence” training for work with these individuals. In some instances, the impact may be at the center of the therapeutic work, while for others the impact may seem more removed from the work. In either case it is important for professionals to be aware of the possible impacts of the criminal legal system on indirectly-impacted individuals, including direct impact, emotional impact, and collateral and community consequences.


With significant social justice implications mainly at the micro and mezzo levels when engaging with this population, the audience for this session focuses on, but is not limited to, social workers and mental health providers working individuals who are indirectly impacted by the criminal legal system (parents, friends, co-workers, communities, etc.) in diverse settings.



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts and scope of criminalization and mass incarceration
  • Understand the impact of criminalization and mass incarceration on indirectly-impacted individuals
  • Understand their professional responsibilities, including ethical obligations, for work with this population
  • Understand the social justice implications of their work with indirectly-impacted individuals



NASW Member: $33 | Non-Member: $45


2 SW CE Contact Hours







Christie Cunningham, JD, LMSW is a social workers and human rights advocate focusing on reform of the criminal justice system. Her work is based on a human-centered, strengths-based approach, which she believes is the foundation of all human rights.


Her background in political science (NC State ’93), law (NYLS ’99), and social work (NYU ’18) makes her “trilingual” in addressing issues of criminalization and mass incarceration. She brings that experience with her to her work with professionals who work with justice-involved and indirectly-impacted individuals.





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As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. 


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Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027, the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060, and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports as an approved provider of CASAC credits #0288.

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