On Saturday October 15, 2016, the UNC Chapel Hill Schools of Social Work and Law held its annual Mock Trial and Courtroom Training. This event, co-sponsored by the NC Child Welfare Education Collaborative, was designed to prepare Social Work Students entering the child welfare workforce for court testimony, and help prepare Law Students for practice in the family courtroom.
The event included a mock court experience with Law Students who will serve as family or social services attorneys. They were advised
by current practicing attorneys. Social Work Students testified to simulated case situations. The training session also included workshop sessions on Family Court Procedures, Personal Safety and a panel discussion with former youth in care, and foster parents, who will share their experiences with child welfare systems.
Nearly 20 Departments of Social Services from across the state were present, and actively seeking new graduates for employment opportunities in child welfare. Over 40 job-seeking, graduating social work students attended this event.
While our primary goal was to connect students with employment opportunities, we also informed students about potential career paths in child welfare.
During the morning session, students had the opportunity to participate in workshops where we discussed direct practice skills
and how to incorporate those skills as you transition to the workforce.
Students then interacted with the county DSS agencies, many of which were offered formal interviews and other follow-up opportunities.
We also had the pleasure of hosting key-note speaker, Travis Albritton.