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Understanding the Experience of Justice-Involved Individuals
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When: Thursday, November 14, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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Social workers and mental health professionals are at the front-line of work with justice-involved individuals but often lack specific “cultural competence” training for work with these individuals. There are significant social justice implications for work at the micro and mezzo levels when engaging with this population that social workers and mental health professionals need to understand.


This 3-hour, interactive training session on “Understanding the Experience of Justice-Involved Individuals” is for social workers and mental health providers who work with both the impacted and indirectly-impacted (parents, friends, etc.) populations in diverse settings.


Social workers and mental health professionals are often called upon to engage with justice-involved and indirectly-impacted individuals in different therapy settings. In some instances, the impact of justice-involvement may be at the center of their therapeutic work, while for many others that impact may seem more removed. In either case it is important for professionals to be aware of the possible impacts of justice-involvement, including emotional and collateral consequences.



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 justice-involved and indirectly-impacted individuals

  • Understand their professional responsibilities, including ethical obligations, for work with these populations

  • Understand the social justice implications of their work with justice-involved and indirectly-impacted individuals



NASW Member: $55 | Non-Member: $115


3 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 believe is the foundation of all human rights. Her background in political science (NC State ’93) and law (NYLS ’99), social work (NYU ’18), and her personal history of justice-involvement makes her “trilingual” in addressing issues of criminalization and mass incarceration.


Ms. Cunningham brings this experience with her in her work with professionals who work with justice-involved individuals.






NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


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. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Certificates will be e-mailed within 30 calendar days after workshop evaluations have been completed.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to workshops.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

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 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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