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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Webinar: Social Workers in Criminal Defense: Ethical Dilemmas

Start Date: 2/28/2017 2:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/28/2017 3:00 PM EST

Social Workers in Criminal Defense: Ethical Dilemmas

Webinar Faculty: Sarah Buchanan, LCSW, Director of Social Services, Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office

February 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm eastern (1 hour)

About the Webinar: As social workers are increasingly incorporated into criminal defense settings, unique challenges, particularly ethical issues, are emerging. This webinar, designed for social workers, examines ethical dilemmas in criminal defense settings and provides strategies for addressing them through analysis of current literature, legal opinions, and practice situations. Participants will gain understanding of: 1. The role of forensic social work in the criminal defense setting. 2. Ethical dilemmas that often arise in the criminal defense setting. 3. Strategies for addressing ethical dilemmas.

About the Faculty: Sarah Buchanan is the Director of Social Services at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she worked in community mental health before joining the CLO staff as a Forensic Social Worker. Ms. Buchanan is also a PhD student at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. Her research interests include forensic social work, program evaluation, and the impact of proactive and support-oriented social work intervention in public defense.

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