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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










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



Case management as a function of social work

Case Management as a Function of Social Work Discharge

Definition of Case Management

Role of Case Managers


Qualifications
Qualifications Discharge

  • 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 Discharge

  • 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


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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