The Council on Social Work Education underscores that social workers should be educated to advance human right, social, economic, and environmental justice. In a new journal article in Social Work Education written by my colleagues and me, we asserted that forensic social work with significant relevance to prisoner rights including solitary confinement, is an integrated practice specialization at the intersection of the law or legal system, and historically has done just that.

However, there is a dearth of research examining forensic courses. To this end, we conducted a content analysis of forensic social work and social work and the law syllabi. A comprehensive search of the Internet was conducted to identify publicly available forensic social work or social work and the law syllabi from CSWE accredited social work programs in the United States. Twenty two syllabi were identified. This content analysis of available syllabi revealed an overarching theme of forensic social work and ‘the pursuit of justice’ and as practice at the intersection of the law and/or legal system. Forensic social work education grounded in a human rights and global justice approach can serve an important functioning in measuring student learning outcomes that target advancing human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice using clinical, interdisciplinary, and policy practice. More specifically, for the social workers concerned about solitary confinement in prisons, forensic social work education practice is under explored opportunity to advance awareness and advocacy of this pressing social issue to students and professionals.
A link to the above mentioned article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline. com/doi/abs/10.1080/02615479. 2018.1508566?journalCode= cswe20

Also, join us for the webinar: Educating for rights and justice: Social work instructors dialogue about teaching forensic social work
Date and Time: Monday, September 24 at 1 pm.  More details to come

Sponsored by: Social Work Helper

Article Reference: Tina Maschi, Jo Rees, George Leibowitz & Margaret Bryan (2018): Educating for rights and justice: a content analysis of forensic social work syllabi, Social Work Education, DOI:10.1080/02615479.2018. 1508566
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Author Bio: 
Tina Maschi is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, New York, NY, USA with over 30 years of research and practice in the criminal justice systems, especially prisons. She is the co-editor of the second edition of Forensic Social Work published by Springer Publishing. She teaches human rights, research, and forensic social work and other practice courses at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus.

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Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Associate Editor, Traumatology (Published by American Psychological Association)
Inaugural Fellow, Society for Social Work Research
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
Email:  Tel: 212-636-6640
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