|Public Defender Social Workers serve as part of the defense team and, as such, are bound by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct including rules regarding the attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality. Public Defender Social Workers perform duties and assume responsibility for case assignments under the specific direction, instruction and guidance of the defense attorney.
The general hiring classification is the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) position, which requires the application of fundamental theories of psychosocial variables to assist in identifying the presence of physical or mental health impairments, substance abuse, family or other social history patterns that may impact behavior and development. Under direction of the defense attorney, Social Workers conduct assessments and compile psychosocial histories to develop recommendations for appropriate pretrial release, treatment options, conditions of probation or diversion, and sentencing and post-sentencing options.
Positions in this class require a master’s degree from an accredited college or university educational program in social work; and, licensure to practice social work (LSW) or willingness and ability to obtain licensure within 90 days of employment. The entry-level salary for the Licensed Social Worker is $3,892 per month.