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

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Overview

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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A lawyer and a social worker present a guide for social workers to the interface between the legal system and the human service system. They suggest ways to be of most help in cases of criminal conduct, child custody, divorce, mental hospital commitments, and other situations encountered in social work. Includes a glossary of terms with different meanings in the two fields. Paper edition (352-X), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789008688
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,095,203
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Forensic Social Work in a Litigious Society 1
Ch. 2 Presenting Testimony as an Expert Witness 13
Ch. 3 Malpractice and How to Avoid It 25
Ch. 4 When Laws and Ethics Collide 43
Ch. 5 Using Written Contracts with Clients 55
Ch. 6 A Model Contract for Workers and Clients 63
Ch. 7 Legal and Professional Credentials 71
Ch. 8 Adjudication Through Professional Review 85
Ch. 9 Preparing for Litigation 99
Glossary of Forensic Social Work Terms 113
Bibliography 125
Index 135
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