What Social Workers Need to Know to Engage and Serve the Mandated Client: The Role of Problem-Solving Courts in Care

This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning's Spring 2017 Seminar Series.

April 28, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYU Silver Center
31 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003


As alternative sentencing becomes the norm for individuals with special needs and/or who have been charged with quality-of-life crimes, clinicians working in the community will be serving more and more clients who are mandated to care. As a result, it is of tantamount importance for social workers to know how to serve court-mandated clients. Problem-solving courts that focus on treatment and/or counseling instead of incarceration have become de rigeur around issues such as mental health, substance abuse and DUI, and for special populations, such as Veterans. This workshop gives an overview of the Problem-Solving Treatment Court Model from an expert, as well as its applicability to social workers.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
  1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the 10 key components of problem-solving treatment court and how the therapeutic jurisprudence approach can affect treatment outcomes.
  2. Identify 3 significant differences between the various models of problem-solving treatment courts.
  3. Identify 3 challenges in working effectively with problem-solving treatment court clients and have an opportunity to strategize and provide solutions to overcoming these challenges.
  4. Gain an understanding of the Problem-Solving Treatment Court judge’s expectations of clinical programming and reporting.


Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R

Joseph Madonia, LCSW-R, CASAC
Executive Director, The Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Warner Fund
Adjunct Professor, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Former Project Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court 
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Peter L. Manzo, LMSW
Mental Health Social Worker, Queens Treatment Courts (QTC)

Rachel Ullah, Volunteer and Outreach Worker, True2life
Founder of ItsBeneathTheSurface.com