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Recruiting for Corrections: A Look at Social Work. Tracy Whitaker, Director Melvin Wilson, Manager, Workforce Development & Training Center for Workforce Studies National Association of Social Workers August 14, 2006. The Need for Social Work Labor Force Data.

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Recruiting for corrections a look at social work

Recruiting for Corrections: A Look at Social Work

Tracy Whitaker, Director

Melvin Wilson, Manager, Workforce Development & Training

Center for Workforce Studies

National Association of Social Workers

August 14, 2006


The need for social work labor force data

The Need for Social Work Labor Force Data

  • Growing needs will increase the demand for social work services, particularly in the area of criminal justice

  • Existing data sets were inadequate for making accurate predictions about the future supply of frontline social workers


Inconsistent data have implications for workforce planning

Inconsistent Data Have Implications for Workforce Planning

  • Recruitment of new social workers

  • Retention of the current workforce

  • Replacement of retiring social workers


2004 nasw national survey of licensed social workers

2004 NASW National Survey of Licensed Social Workers


Partners

Partners

Funding Partners

  • The Atlantic Philanthropies

  • The John A. Hartford Foundation

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Research Collaborators

  • The Center for Health Workforce Studies, University at Albany

    NASW Workforce Study Expert Panel


Methodology

Methodology

  • A random sample of 10,000 licensed social workers from across the country was surveyed to identify their:

    • Demographic characteristics;

    • Practice setting and work locations;

    • Activities and tasks;

    • Education and training, both initial and continuing;

    • Current compensation and benefits;

    • Attitudes about their profession and their work;

    • Perceptions about the job market.


Survey

Survey

  • Eight-page Instrument

    • Core

      • Background

      • Social Work Practice

      • Services to Clients

      • Workplace Issues

    • Two Supplements

      • Services for Older Adults

      • Services for Children/Families


Survey process

Survey Process

  • Names of licensed social workers from 48 states and the District of Columbia

  • Stratified random sample

    • Stratified by region

    • N = 10,650

  • Three mailings over three months

  • Response rate approximately 50%


Social workers most frequent primary practice areas

Social Workers’ Most Frequent Primary Practice Areas

  • 37% Mental Health

  • 13% Child Welfare/Family

  • 13% Health

  • 12% Aging

1% Criminal Justice


Educational preparation

Educational Preparation


Recruiting for corrections a look at social work

Age


Racial ethnic diversity

Racial/Ethnic Diversity


Primary employment sector

Primary Employment Sector


Primary employment setting

Primary Employment Setting


Personal safety

Personal Safety


Employers staffing strategies

Employers’ Staffing Strategies


Career plans next 2 years

Career Plans—Next 2 Years


Social workers in the criminal justice system

Social Workers in the Criminal Justice System

Departments of Corrections

Parole and Probation


Settings

Settings

  • Social Workers in Prisons

  • Social Workers Involved in Community Supervision Efforts

  • Social Workers In Re-Entry


Expanded need for social workers case managers

Expanded Need for Social Workers/Case Managers

Responding to Re-Entry Initiatives


Community based social work case management after prison discharge

Community-Based Social Work/Case Management After Prison Discharge

  • Social Workers in Private Non-Profit Re-Entry Services Agencies Provide:

    • Social Skills Building

    • Mental Health Treatment and Referrals

    • Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

    • Family Counseling

    • Referrals to Primary Medical and Oral Health Care; and

    • Referrals to Housing


Recruiting for corrections a look at social work

  • Prison-Based Discharge Planning

  • Pre-Release Preparation

    • Job Counseling

    • Social Skills Training

    • Involving Families in Re-Entry Planning


Case management as a function of social work

Case Management as a Function of Social Work

Definition of Case Management

Role of Case Managers


Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Qualifications of Social Worker/Case Manager in Criminal Justice (State of Maryland’s Department of Public Safety):

    • Criminal Justice Social Worker/Advanced :

      • Masters Degree in Social Work

      • Licensed as an LCSW by the State

    • Criminal Justice Casework Specialist

      • Masters Degree in Social Work

      • State Drivers License


Social worker case management duties

Social Worker/Case Management Duties

  • Initial Point of Contact for Services for Inmates in Corrections System;

  • Liaison with Inmates’ Families

  • Respond to Social Services and Day-to-Day Inmate Non-Security Related Issues;

  • Discharge Planning

  • Assessments


Recruiting for corrections a look at social work

For more information about the 2004 National Survey of Licensed Social Workers or the NASW Center for Workforce Studies:

http://workforce.socialworkers.org


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