PDS invites you to a training on Attorney-Social Worker Collaboration for Holistic Representation:
Presented by Stephanne Thornton, MDiv, MSW, LICSW, MAC, CCTP, CSOTP
This 60 minute CLE is approved for 1.2 hours CLE credit for attorneys through the WV State Bar. All other office staff are also welcome, and encouraged, to attend.
According to Public Defender Services' Standards for the Indigent Defense Function in the State of WV and national defense function standards, defense counsel should determine whether a client's interests would be served by engaging a non-legal professional to investigate a client's life history, identify potential issues that may affect sentencing, and create alternatives to incarceration. Social workers can function as these non-legal experts whose strengths include comprehensive life history investigation, knowledge of community resources for alternative sentencing, and the ability to advocate for the client while working collaboratively with the defense attorney towards holistic representation. This presentation will define holistic representation and the importance of holistic representation towards a criminal defendant client's case resolution; national and state standards that support holistic representation using social workers; and ways in which defense attorneys in West Virginia can collaborate with trained social workers to develop mitigation and alternative sentencing plans.