Jun 21, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Forensic Social Work Certificate

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The Forensic Social Work Certificate Program (FSWCP) is designed to meet the rapidly growing need throughout Nevada and the Southwest for graduate level trained social work practitioners with specific expertise related to law and legal systems. The FSWCP offers a comprehensive, formal specialization in forensic social work. The program addresses areas of practice that reflect the nexus between social work and the law, including: child welfare: domestic relations law including family violence; immigration; adult criminal and juvenile justice; public education; mental health and disabilities; and aging.

The program is guided by the values and knowledge base of the social work profession, governed by the School of Social Work mission statement, and directed by the School’s delineated goals and objectives. Didactic and experiential components of the FSWCP emphasize human diversity and social justice, with particular attention to the needs of at-risk, historically oppressed and vulnerable populations. The FSWCP prepares students for forensic social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, especially those encountered within complex and dynamic urban environments.

Advanced Graduate Forensic Social Work Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Additional admissions requirements to the certificate program are delineated as follows:

  1. Completion of Advanced Graduate Forensic Social Work application.
  2. Verified concurrent admission to or completion of Master’s degree in Social Work or other related human services field.
  3. Official transcripts from degree granting program or institution.
  4. Professional Social Work License (L.S.W., L.C.S.W., or L.I.S.W. in Nevada or equivalent granted by another state Board of Examiners for Social Workers) preferred, but not required.
  5. Personal statement (maximum of 3 pages)
  6. Three reference forms (professors or work supervisors with standing to comment on candidate’s potential for success as a forensic social worker).
  7. Candidate interview at the discretion of the Forensic Social Work Admission Committee.

Students who have applied for and are admitted to an accredited MSW program may simultaneously apply for and be admitted to the certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Granting of a certificate in forensic social work will be made upon successful completion of the following program of study. All courses for the forensic social work certificate must be completed in no more than three consecutive semesters.

Certificate Advanced Standing Track (CAS track)

The essential certificate requirements remain the same as for the regular certificate program. However, MSW students who have taken one or any combination of the following courses up to a maximum of 9 units may apply or petition for the “CAS track”:


Currently, these four (4) courses are accepted as graduate-level “electives” at UNLV and other universities. In order to avoid content repetition, students who have taken one or a combination of these courses and have achieved grades of “B” or higher may apply to the “CAS track.” It will be the responsibility of the FSW certificate applicant to provide official proof to the FSW admissions committee of having completed these courses to the satisfaction of the program. The “CAS track” requires a minimum of 9/12 units of post-masters courses toward the FSW certificate.

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