Forensic Social Work: Legal Aspects of Professional Practice, Second Edition / Edition 2

Forensic Social Work: Legal Aspects of Professional Practice, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Robert L. Barker, Douglas M. Branson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789008688

ISBN-13: 9780789008688

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Explore the legalities and pitfalls of forensic social work!

Forensic Social Work: Legal Aspects of Professional Practice, Second Edition examines the professional specialty of forensic social work which involves testifying in court as an expert witness, investigating cases of possible criminal conduct, and assisting the legal system in such issues as child

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Explore the legalities and pitfalls of forensic social work!

Forensic Social Work: Legal Aspects of Professional Practice, Second Edition examines the professional specialty of forensic social work which involves testifying in court as an expert witness, investigating cases of possible criminal conduct, and assisting the legal system in such issues as child custody disputes, divorce, child support, juvenile delinquency, spouse or child abuse, and placing individuals in mental hospitals. As a student or professional social worker, you will explore a variety of ethical and legal issues, such as malpractice, licensing, credentialing, marketing for forensic clients, and presenting effective courtroom testimony. Current and fact-filled, this new edition discusses the origins of forensic social work and offers implications for future practice.

New material in this edition includes a chapter on how to establish a forensic social work practice, with information on how to bring in clients, generate new referrals and make other important contacts. Another new chapter expands on the first edition's discussion of implanted memory versus recovered memory and the ways that social workers use and often misuse this information. A third new chapter examines credentialing requirements for forensic social work.

Forensic Social Work details legal conflicts you may face and offers suggestions on how to deal with these situations. Rich with examples, some aspects of forensic social work that you will learn about are:

  • separating the role of the expert witness from the role of the fact witness while testifying
  • understanding the motivations, payments, and positive incentives for entering the field of forensic social work
  • avoiding malpractice lawsuits by understanding the criteria for liability
  • guidelines for action when laws and ethics collide
  • preparing for litigation
  • duty-to-warn laws
  • writing reports and contracts for the litigious society using the problem-oriented (SOAP) record
  • distinguishing implanted memory from recovered memory and understanding how witnesses and social workersmay misuse remembered information
Complete with a glossary, case examples, and information on how to obtain clients, new referrals, and other contacts, Forensic Social Work gives you a thorough look at the profession of forensic social work. You will explore the legal and ethical issues that come with this profession, learn the credentials needed to become a forensic social worker, and discover how to adequately market yourself in the field. Forensic Social Work will prepare you for the circumstances that may arise and help you to professionally and successfully overcome future challenges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789008688
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
452,789
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Forensic Social Work in a Litigious Society1
Ch. 2Presenting Testimony as an Expert Witness13
Ch. 3Malpractice and How to Avoid It25
Ch. 4When Laws and Ethics Collide43
Ch. 5Using Written Contracts with Clients55
Ch. 6A Model Contract for Workers and Clients63
Ch. 7Legal and Professional Credentials71
Ch. 8Adjudication Through Professional Review85
Ch. 9Preparing for Litigation99
Glossary of Forensic Social Work Terms113
Bibliography125
Index135

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