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Master in Forensic Social Work

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Basic Information

Presentation

The master's degree aims to complement the training of active Social Work professionals or those who want to dedicate themselves in the future to social expertise. It will contribute to training in the necessary socio-legal skills and competencies, for a correct performance of the functions of the Social Worker in the field of the Administration of Justice and in the exercise from private practice, including knowledge about ethics, roles and functions to perform, tools, resources, organization of the judicial system and expert practice.

Objectives

  • Know the current judicial system and enter the social forensic field to define functions, roles and practices of the professional.
  • Identify the different tasks of the Social Worker in the judicial field
  • Improve the technical capacity of the social work professional and the application of the techniques and tools of social evaluation, to obtain evidence from various sources of information and issue opinions based on objectivity and impartiality.
  • Identify possible ethical dilemmas.
  • Prepare expert reports in accordance with current legal regulations.
  • Develop skills and abilities to appear in oral proceedings
  • Strengthen the role of the Social Worker within the framework of the new Administration of Justice
  • Train Social Work professionals with a specialized qualification to work in the expert field

Competences

GENERAL COMPETENCIES

  • Problem solving ability.
  • Ability to develop open and empathetic attitudes based on respect and recognition of diversity and multiculturalism
  • Capacity Ethical commitment.
  • Capacity for organization and planning.
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Information management capacity.
  • Ability to analyze and search for information from various sources.

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES

  • Ability to act, when circumstances require, in defense of the interests of the people served, especially in obvious situations of risk
  • Ability to act in the resolution of risk situations arising from professional practice.
  • Ability to prepare and present stories and social reports respecting the ethical and professional principles of intervention in the professional forensic field.
  • Ability to use the usual techniques and instruments in social work, adapting them to the judicial environment.
  • Ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary teams in order to collaborate in the establishment of goals and objectives, and even to contribute to the constructive management of possible disagreements.
  • Ability to manage conflicts, dilemmas and complex ethical problems, identifying them, designing resolution or overcoming strategies, and reflecting on said results and evaluating them.
  • Ability to ratify the expert opinion prepared in court and answer the questions asked by lawyers, prosecutors, judges and magistrates.

SCHEDULE

Module A: LEGAL CONCEPTS APPLIED TO FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK

  • Introduction to civil, criminal, penitentiary and procedural law. Juvenile jurisdiction. Free Legal Assistance

 Module B: THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND SOCIAL WORK

  • Organization and functioning of the Justice Administration. History of Social Work in the Administration of Justice, Assignment functional dependency and competences of forensic social work professionals.

Module C: GENERAL CONCEPTS ABOUT THE SOCIAL EXPERTISE

  • Requirements, types of experts or experts. Designation. Expert opinion, cross-out, recusal, abstention and inhibition.

Module D: THE EXERCISE OF EXPERTISE IN THE PRIVATE SPHERE

  • Legal perspective of the expert reports of the social worker, types, terms and conditions, fees and billing.

Module E: THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE I

  • Common aspects and action protocols, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences. Scientific method applied to forensic social work, techniques and instruments. Expert opinion as evidence.

Module F: SOCIOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF INTRASOCIETY RELATIONS

  • Socialization process, gender construction, genesis of domestic violence, deviant or criminal behavior, social vulnerability, gender violence, domestic violence and other types of violence, conflictive relationships. Special reference to the LGTBI collective.

Module G: THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE II

  • Family Courts, Prison Surveillance Courts, Violence against Women Courts, Juvenile Courts, Forensic Pathology Service, Disability Courts and Prosecutors, Superior Courts of Justice, Services for victims, protected witnesses and people at risk …etc.

MODULE H: ORATORY AND JUDICIAL RATIFICATION

  • Legal language and forensic oratory. Techniques and skills for the defense of the expert report in court. Appearance of the expert and ratification in court.

MODULE I: ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY APPLIED TO FORENSIC SOCIAL WORK

  • Principles and ethical criteria in social work. Code of Ethics. Regulations on the protection of personal data and notions on professional responsibility).

MODULE J: EXTERNAL PRACTICES

  • Face-to-face practices in judicial offices supervised by active forensic social workers

MODULE K: MASTER'S FINAL PROJECT

  • Preparation and ratified defense of a case of a social expert report prepared by the students

Recipients

access requirements

  • Being in possession of an official Spanish university degree or one issued by a higher education institution belonging to another State that is part of the European Higher Education Area, which authorizes access to postgraduate studies. Degrees from educational systems outside the European Higher Education Area may give access to these studies, without the need to obtain homologation or the declaration of equivalence of the degrees, prior authorization and once it has been verified that they accredit a level of training equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and that empower in the country issuing the degree for access to postgraduate education.
  • Those students enrolled in a Bachelor's or Double Degree who have yet to pass a maximum of 30 ECTS credits of an official university degree in Spain whose profile coincides with the functions legally established in the field of forensic social expertise will be able to access conditionally. In this case, students will not obtain any type of degree until they prove that they have the official university degree required for access to postgraduate courses.

Selection criteria

In the event that the number of applications exceeds the number of places offered, a selection will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Adequacy of the specific profile of the degree - 5 points.
  • Professional experience – 3 points.
  • Academic record – 2 points.

Number of Places: 25

Academic Management and Faculty

Academic direction:

  • Pablo Benlloch Sanz
  • M. Visitation Saint Valentine

Along with teachers with permanent links to the URJC, most of those who form part of the cast of teachers on the Master's are active forensic social workers with extensive and proven professional experience in the different fields of social work in the Administration of Justice and in the provision of specialized training in social expertise.

Duration and development

Modality: from distance

Number of credits: 60 credits

Horas: 600 hours

Expected start: 10 October 2022

Intended end: July 23, 2023

Reservation of place and enrollment

Master in Forensic Social Work

Start date: 10 October 2022

Pre-registration 1st phase: 1 to the 30 of July of 2022

Pre-registration 2st phase: September 1 to 15, 2022 (if there are free places)

Registration: 20 of the septiembre 30 of 2022

Title price: 2.500 euros

Pre-registration: €500. This amount is included in the total cost of the course and will be returned if your academic request is not accepted. If, once the student's application has been admitted, the enrollment is not formalized, the amount deposited for pre-enrolment will not be returned.

The start of the course is conditioned to the minimum number of students enrolled.

Documentation to attach, forms and place of delivery

the applicants they will present all the scanned documentation, in the formats allowed through the telematic self-registration application at the time of applying for admission to own degrees. They must compulsorily attach to their request the declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format.

At any time, both the Program Management and the Own Teaching Service may request the applicants to submit said certified/collated documentation through the General Registry, located on the Móstoles Campus, or in any of the registries assistants located in the different campuses of the Rey Juan Carlos University, or by sending it through Certified Mail to: Rey Juan Carlos University. General Registry. Avda. Tulipán s/n. 28933. Mostoles. Madrid

The student is responsible for the veracity and correctness of the data provided, exonerating the Rey Juan Carlos University from any responsibility and guaranteeing and being responsible for its accuracy, validity and authenticity.

Required documentation:

Students with a degree obtained from a Spanish university or a Higher Education Institution belonging to another Member State of the European Higher Education Area that authorizes access to own postgraduate degrees must present the following documentation:

  • National Identity Document or equivalent
  • University degree of the studies that give access to the requested postgraduate degree.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Responsible declaration of veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Students with a foreign degree must present the following documentation:

  • Passport or Residence Card
  • Foreign Higher Education Degree (Graduate, Graduate, Architect, Engineer Doctor...) that give access to own postgraduate degree studies.
  • Certificate certifying that the studies carried out give access to an Official Postgraduate Degree in your country of origin, issued by the University of origin
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Declaration of the person responsible for the veracity of the data provided in digital format
  • Any other document that the Director of the Own Title specifically requires for its acceptance

Applicants with studies completed in foreign University Centers may be requested at any time a certificate of verification of these studies and centers, issued by an authorized Institution.

All documentation provided must be legalized in accordance with Spanish law and translated by an official translator.