FSW 5007: Assessing Parenting Capacity FSW 5026: Case Management in Community Corrections
This course is designed to assist students in understanding the clinical and legal context of how parenting capacity assessments are applied in child welfare and clinical forensic settings. In this course, students will consider and critically evaluate Steinhauer's model of parenting capacity assessment along with other frameworks and models of parenting assessment. These concepts will be related to best practices in case planning, assessment and decision-making. Students will also have the opportunity to critique some parenting capacity assessments and to apply various concepts to case studies and debate the strengths and limitations of various models of parenting capacity assessments as they relate to real-life situations. Consideration will be given to case note preparation and report writing for court testimony. Issues of culture and ethnicity in relation to parenting assessments and decision-making will also be examined. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5009: Conducting Community Visits
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major issues involved in providing case management services within a correctional environment.
There will be an emphasized focus on three major areas of theory and practice: assessment, supervision and teamwork in effective risk management. Additional discussions will seek to include topics such as special groups of offenders, victim issues and restorative justice approaches. Through online learning, students will have an opportunity to review and critique relevant literature and controversial topics in the management of offenders in institutional and community settings. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios in theory and practice. Finally, students will be able to explain the roles of case managers in the supervision of offenders in institutional and community settings. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5023: Ethical and Legal Issues in Forensic Social Work
This course is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of community visits, which include visits to private homes, group homes, schools and places of work.
Students will be provided with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to conduct safe and fruitful visits, which can lead to effective and efficient supervision of clients in the community. Currently in Canadian practice, a record number of offenders are being given community dispositions instead of prison sentences. The overall management of these convicted offenders in the community has become a huge problem for many jurisdictions. Despite the increase of offenders in the community, resources and tools to manage these large and difficult populations have not increased. This course will look at what tools are needed and how can they be implemented to provide caregivers and community supervisors the support needed. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5021: Forensic Interviewing with Children
This course is designed to provide students with insight, experience and the practical application of ethical values necessary in decision making and critical deliberation.
Through reading, critiquing, supporting and explaining decisions that have affected the future, students will develop a thought process helpful in articulating responsible, accountable and defensible decisions or positions on an ethical basis. Through involvement in lectures, group discussions, personal experience and presentations, students will be able to express their learning objectives in a positive manner. Students will be asked to participate in ethical peer evaluations of peer presentations, as well as to critique a selected organization's mission statement and core values. Students will review ethical decisions involved in community safety notifications, duty to report legislation and ethical issues relating to client and practitioner relationships. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5011: Independent Research Project
This course provides a framework that is specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and techniques of forensic interviewing with children.
The curriculum is based on scientific underpinnings of best practice models while emphasizing hypothesis testing in conducting focused interviews. This course will also cover the importance of protocols and regulations and will introduce students to procedures of child sexual abuse and criminal investigations. This model is used widely in the fields of child welfare, mental health, education, domestic violence and the criminal justice system. An area of particular focus in this course will be the flexible interview protocol, which is used to interview young children who have experienced maltreatment but is also applicable to other interview situations involving adults. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5005: Mental Health Issues in Child Protection
This course has been designed to allow students to conduct comprehensive research in a specific area related to forensic practice that does not easily lend itself to a more broadly offered course.
This course provides an opportunity for students to individually identify a topic of interest in relation to social services and the law while exhaustively examining pertinent issues ultimately composing a thorough paper on the subject. This independent research project (IRP) may include the review of existing literature potentially with a synthesis of new understandings or of original research. Any original research involving human or live subjects will require review by the Humber Research Committee and Ethics Review Board. The final IRP paper must represent a substantial effort to the extent that it may be submitted for consideration for publication. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5028: Mental Health Issues in Forensic Practice
This course will enable students to gain a foundational knowledge surrounding current mental health issues and their impact on family functioning and parenting within the context of child protection.
Students will be able to recognize and identify family stressors, explore relationship dynamics as well as individual psychopathology in children and adults. In addition, this course will cover the development of mental illness and areas of child protection in instances where help is needed. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to identify when to support and/or intervene in families that are challenged by mental health issues. Students will become familiar with how and when to intervene with the aim of reducing potential harm from predisposing risk factors, eliminating or mitigating precipitating factors, minimizing the persistence of perpetuating factors and how to enhance the beneficial effects of protective factors. Finally, through the use of a biopsychosocial framework, this course will address how the student can recognize and identify the clinical presentation and aetiology of adult and childhood mental illness. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5010: Risk Assessment/Management in Forensic Practice
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major issues involved in working with persons who have mental health issues within the forensic context. An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of mental disorders (medical model, social learning, biopsychosocial) will be presented. This course will focus on three areas of practice: assessment, treatment and teamwork in effective risk management. Additional discussions including diversion programs, restorative measures and the utilization of community resources will also be reviewed. Through a combination of interactive lectures and presentations, students will have an opportunity to review and critique relevant literature and controversial topics in the risk management of these often challenging groups of individuals. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios in theory and practice. Register Now Pre-requisites
FSW 5012: Substance Abuse and Impulse Control
This course is designed to assist students in understanding the contemporary approaches used in conducting forensic risk assessments including a focus on the efficacy of such methods.
An understanding of the function and prevalence of personality disorders, such as psychopathy, will also be reviewed. This course will explain and critique the theoretical and practical measures of evaluating risk with clients while applying evidence-based measures and frameworks. This course will assist students in developing an appreciation for the complexities, benefits and limits of various structured clinical judgment procedures. Students will have an opportunity to review relevant literature while also having the opportunity to apply these skills to case study examples. Finally, this course will facilitate discussions and debates regarding theoretical and research methods as they relate to real-life cases and forensic practices. Register Now Pre-requisites
FSW 5024 : Understanding, Assessing and Managing Violent Offenders
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major issues involved in working with persons who have addictive behaviours and disorders of impulse control within a forensic context.
An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of addiction (moral, medical and biopsychosocial) will be presented. This course will focus on three areas of practice: assessment, treatment and teamwork in effective risk management. Additional discussions, including harm reduction strategies, comorbidity and the utilization of community resources will also take place, allowing students to grasp a foundational knowledge surrounding substance abuse. Through a combination of interactive lectures and small-group presentations, students will have an opportunity to review and critique relevant literature and controversial topics in the management of these often challenging groups of individuals. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios in theory and current forensic practice. Register Now Pre-requisites
FSW 5025: Working with Offenders with Special Needs
In this course, participants will explore the personality and behavioural characteristics of violent offenders.
Students will examine the effectiveness of classification and risk assessment methods while discussing a range of treatment options based upon a variety of theoretical perspectives. Students will learn how to take a psychosocial history, develop a treatment plan and employ a variety of risk management methods for specific violent offenders. Recent advances in the treatment of persistent violence will also be covered with a focus on working with psychopathic offenders. In addition, students will develop a foundational knowledge in treatment objectives and reasonable means for addressing criminogenic needs while keeping in mind best practice models and the principles of effective correctional interventions. Finally, students will be able to demonstrate an ability to critically analyze the areas of victim awareness and understanding, safety and restorative measures. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5022: Issues in Child Maltreatment and Neglect
Traditional risk assessments tend to focus on those offenders whose greatest challenges are arguably criminal attitudes and behaviour.
However, this course examines what happens when another, perhaps greater challenge is added to the mix. Offenders with special needs face challenges related to decreased or limited mobility (impaired sight, hearing, or speech), mental health issues and disorders, and/or intellectual disabilities. As society grows increasingly intolerant of crime and violence, many offenders with special needs are now entering the traditional correctional system. In this course, we will focus on the processes and practices relevant to assessing and managing risk for persons with special needs while providing treatment programs consistent with the principles of effective rehabilitative interventions. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5006: Working with Sex Offenders
In this course, students will explore issues in child maltreatment and neglect.
An understanding of definitions, indicators and assessment of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect will be reviewed. Students will have the opportunity to conduct risk assessments through the use of case studies and discuss the influence of physical and environmental factors on assessment, as well as the clinical challenges faced in current practice. The historical evolution of child maltreatment and neglect, values and diversity along with theories and practice and its relation to social issues shall be reviewed, as well as critiqued. Ideally, this course will facilitate discussion and debate regarding theoretical and clinical methods as they relate to case studies and best practices. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
FSW 5027: Trauma and Grief Interventions
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the major issues involved in working with persons who have committed sexual offences.
It will focus on three major areas of theory and practice: assessment, treatment and risk management. Additional discussions surrounding specific groups of sex offenders such as developmentally delayed offenders, female offenders and aboriginal sex offenders will also be reviewed. Subsequently, this course will examine victim issues and restorative justice approaches. Through a combination of interactive lectures, activities and discussions, students will have an opportunity to review and critique relevant literature and controversial topics in the management of this particularly troubling group of offenders. Case study examples will be used to illustrate various scenarios in current theory and practice. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
Knowledge about trauma and its impact on those exposed to potentially traumatic stressors is essential in order for forensic practitioners to deliver effective and ethical service.
This course will prepare students to identify and assess trauma, and will provide them with introductory information about treating trauma in children and adults. Current research in the area of trauma and grief interventions will be examined and the intersection between grief and trauma will be explored. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue, and will explore the prevention and treatment of each of these conditions. Register Now Contact