Forensic Social Work
Associate in Applied Science
Forensic social work is the intersection of human service and legal systems. This interdisciplinary degree examines areas of social justice, cross-cultural competency, advocacy, community relations, crisis intervention, court-mandated treatment, and trauma-informed service provision. A Credentialed Advocate (CA) certification from the National Advocate Credentialing Program is built into our degree requirements. This marketable credential will set you apart as a job candidate in many fields of work.
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Program courses cover topics ranging from criminal justice and abnormal psychology to human services and victim advocacy. A capstone course encapsulates the student’s training to showcase to potential employers.
Students will be able to:
- Utilize skills that will assist in consultation, support, and collaboration with professionals in both the human service and criminal justice fields.
- Provide advocacy services across a range of domains related to both criminal and civil issues.
- Demonstrate awareness of, and respect for, diverse populations, and develop a culturally responsive communication style.
- Engage in treatment service provision including crisis intervention, evaluation, diagnosis, and referral.
- Articulate an understanding of the role and function of both the criminal and civil court systems.
Forensic social work graduates may pursue careers related to advocacy, child protection, corrections, probation, arbitration, and mediation. The program also provides a strong foundation for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.
Meet the Faculty
Chair - BHS/Gerontology, Faculty - Psychology
Cathleen has over twenty years of experience in the mental health field and has worked in a variety of different settings such as child protection, adoption, court investigation, and crisis intervention. She began her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at York County Community College in 2007 before transitioning to the University of New England as a part-time, and then full-time, faculty member of the Psychology Department. She was an active member of the UNE community serving as the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) program coordinator, the Psychology Club advisor, and a member of both the Core Curriculum committee and Core Assessment Committee. She has been involved in the new Behavioral Health Studies program at YCCC since it’s inception and assisted with program/curriculum development as well as writing the initial proposal for state approval of the embedded MHRT/C certificate. In her new role as a full time faculty member at YCCC she will teach a variety of courses as well as advising for the BHS program and supervising student interns.