Law in Social Work Practice / Edition 2

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Written by an author team educated in both the law and social work, this book acquaints readers with major state and federal laws, regulations, and court opinions that directly affect social work practice. LAW IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE teaches readers to understand how to work within the legal system to benefit clients and further client interests, recognize certain client problems as legal, work effectively with lawyers, and learn how the law shapes and restricts clients' actions. It also addresses how the law regulates social work practice, and how to recognize and respect the rights of clients and others affected by a practitioner's actions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830415175
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/13/1999
  • Series: Ethics & Legal Issues Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,322,949
  • Product dimensions: 13.52 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Saltzman is an attorney in California, specializing in the representation of public agencies in appellate matters. She began her legal career in 1973, working in poverty law and representing welfare recipients, public housing residents, juveniles, and the mentally ill, among others. From 1984 to 1989 she was a lecturer at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, teaching the mandatory course on law for M.S.W. students. She has also taught law as an adjunct professor at the University of California Berkeley School of Law and at the University of Michigan School of Law. She has a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A (Sociology) and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

David M. Furman is an experienced appellate judge serving on the Colorado Court of Appeals and a former magistrate of the Denver Juvenile and District Courts. Judge Furman has presided over a broad range of cases and has authored published and non-published appellate opinions that influence social work practice. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he had extensive litigation experience in child welfare and criminal law cases, including serving as a Deputy Public Defender in the appellate division of the Colorado Public Defender's Office. He taught law and policy courses at Denver University's Graduate School of Social Work and at Colorado Christian University, and currently provides multidisciplinary training to persons who work in the child welfare field, including judicial officers, city and county attorneys, social workers, and respondent parent counsel. Judge Furman serves on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Court Improvement Program (CIP) and Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues. He received a Governor's Citation for his work on a state task force on child welfare. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology and education from Wheaton College, and J.D. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Denver. In 2011, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work recognized him as one of the top 50 most influential graduates.

Kathleen Ohman earned B.S., M.S.W, and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a member of the faculty there before moving to the University of Denver in 1988. At the University of Denver she was a professor in the Graduate School of Social Work, where she taught classes in social welfare policy, research methods, and the legal aspects of social work practice and held an array of administrative positions. She retired in December 2013 but remains active in causes related to social and economic justice.

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Table of Contents

SECTION I: AN OVERVIEW OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE LAW. 1. Basic Legal Concepts and Principles for the Social Worker. 2. The Hearing Process. 3. The Social Worker in the Hearing Process. 4. Locating and Using The Law. SECTION II: CONSTITUTIONAL AND CRIMINAL LAW. 5. Basic Constitutional Concepts and Principles for the Social Worker. 6. Prosecution and Punishment of Adult Offenders. 7. Adjudication and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders. SECTION III: THE CHILD, THE FAMILY, AND THE LAW. 8. Protection of Children. 9. Adoption. 10. Marriage. 11. Custody and Support of Children. 12. Domestic Violence and Abuse. 13. Education of Children. SECTION IV: HEALTH AND THE LAW. 14. Commitment and Treatment of Persons with Mental Disabilities. 15. Competency and Guardianship of Persons with Mental and Physical Disabilities. 16. Medical Care. SECTION V: THE PROFESSION OF SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW. 17. Regulation of the Profession of Social Work. 18. Disclosure of Professional Communications and Records. 19. Professional Liability. 20. Professional Relationships with Lawyers. GLOSSARY-INDEX. TABLE OF CASES. INDEX.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    An easy informative read!

    I found this book to be very informative. The authors give interesting examples to make the points. The examples are what makes this book easy to read and understand the complex issues presented.

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