Social Work and Law: Judicial Policy and Forensic Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

Helping social workers understand how to operate within the complex legal environment.

Social Work and Law exposes students to the ways in which social work and law intersect. Students will explore the judiciary’s contributions to important social policy issues and the knowledge social workers need to effectively participate in the judicial process.

An introductory unit presents basic legal concepts, describes the workings of the court system, and shares strategies for avoiding malpractice. The units that follow cover a variety of topics to give instructor’s options for their course and allow students to study their interests. These topics include issues related to children, domestic violence, older adults, the death penalty, health, discrimination, LGBT rights, and the rights of students and immigrants.

Upon completing this book readers will be able to:

  • Understand how social workers operate within the complex legal environment
  • Identify the role of law in shaping human experience and explore how competent social work practice can influence legal processes and outcomes
  • Examine how law and social work intersect in relation to particular populations and fields of practice
  • Assess the conformity of judicial decisions with social work values and ethics, while understanding the underpinnings of judicial decisions and why they might differ from social work decision-making
  • Distinguish between case law and statutory law, understand the role of each, and recognize how their dynamic interaction contributes to the development of social policy

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I am very impressed with this textbook…It hits a good balance between giving the reader lots of details about the legal system and the legal process, without trying to turn social students into law students.”

-Mark Kaufman, Washburn University

“An excellent job of integrating information with social work practice and [offering] examples by means of cases and case law…Very nicely done work...I really enjoyed reading the chapters which were well written and engaging.”

-Pam Graham, Florida State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205776894
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/31/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 574,576
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sunny Harris Rome is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at George Mason University where has served as BSW Director, MSW Director, and Department Chair. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked as a litigator for the U.S. Department of Education and a lobbyist for the National Association of Social Workers. She teaches courses on social policy, legislative advocacy, social work and the law, forensic social work practice, and community change. Her research interests focus on the intersection of social work and law, primarily in the areas of child welfare and immigration. She is a Faculty Fellow with the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy and is active in promoting social work involvement in political action. Professor Rome earned her MSW from the University of Michigan and her JD from Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Found in this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

UNIT I: POLICY, PRACTICE, AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

Chapter 1: Social Work and the Legal System

Chapter 2: Law and Judicial Policy

Chapter 3: Law and Forensic Practice

Chapter 4: Influencing the Judicial System

Chapter 5: Practicing Within the Law

UNIT II: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Chapter 6: Child Abuse & Neglect

Chapter 7: Adoption

Chapter 8: Child Custody

Chapter 9: Domestic Violence

Chapter 10: Older Adults

UNIT III: HEALTH AND JUSTICE

Chapter 11: Juvenile Justice

Chapter 12: Criminal Justice

Chapter 13: Death Penalty

Chapter 14: Health

Chapter 15: Mental Health

UNIT IV: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Chapter 16: Legal Rights of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Chapter 17: Legal Rights of Women

Chapter 18: Legal Rights of Sexual Minorities

Chapter 19: Legal Rights of Immigrants

Chapter 20: Legal Rights of Students

Appendices

Glossary of Terms

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Index


2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

UNIT I: POLICY, PRACTICE, AND THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

Chapter 1: Social Work and the Legal System

History and Rationale

The Different Types of Law

The Different Types of Courts

Comparing Civil and Criminal Proceedings

How a Court Case Proceeds

Understanding the Legal Environment

Pull-Out: Preparing Children for Court

Comparing Social Work and Law

Pull-Out: Working in the Office of the Public Defender

Alternatives to the Traditional Court System

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 2: Law and Judicial Policy

The Role of Case Law in Policy

Comparing Statutory Law and Case Law

How Statutory Law and Case Law Interact

The United States Supreme Court

How Judges Make Decisions

Reading and Analyzing a Case

Sample Case: Dornhecker v. Malibu Grand Prix Corp.

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 3: Law and Forensic Practice

Overview of Forensic Practice

Forensic Interviewing

Testifying in Court

Conducting Forensic Evaluations

Pull-Out: Specialized Forensic Centers

Ethical Considerations in Forensic Practice

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 4: Influencing the Judicial System

Participating in Judicial Selection

Submitting Amicus Briefs

Testifying as an Expert Witness

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 5: Practicing Within the Law

Overview of Malpractice Law

Informed Consent

Confidentiality and Privilege

Pull-Out: Responding to a Subpoena

The Treatment Process

Pull-Out: E-Therapy

Social Work Records

Sample Case: Hamman v. County of Maricopa

Summary and Conclusion

References

UNIT II: CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Chapter 6: Child Abuse & Neglect

Background

The Life Cycle of a Child Maltreatment Case

Pull-Out: Interviewing Child Victims

Going to Court

Pull-Out: Recovered Memory Syndrome

Children as Witnesses in Court

Sample Case: Dumpson v. Daniel M.

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 7: Adoption

Background

Types of Adoption

The Adoption Process

Pull-Out: Special Considerations in Adoption Placements

Consent and Revocation of Consent

Open Adoption and Access to Adoption Records

Annulment and Wrongful Adoption

Pull-Out: Adoption under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

International Adoption

Sample Case: Robert O. v. Russell K.

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 8: Child Custody

Types of Custody

Historical Approaches to Custody

Current trends

Pull-Out: Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

Legal Presumptions

Rights to Visitation

Sample Case: Painter v. Bannister

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 9: Domestic Violence

History and Incidence

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence

Pull-Out: Battering in Same-Sex Couples

Pull-Out: Stalking and Cyber-Stalking

Protecting the Victims

Prosecuting the Perpetrators

Domestic Violence Courts

Battered Women as Defendants

Sample Case: State v. Vue

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 10: Older Adults

Background

Adult Protection

Age Discrimination

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Competency, Guardianship and End-of-Life

Pull-Out: Physician Assisted Suicide

Sample Case: General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. v. Cline

Summary and Conclusion

References

UNIT III: HEALTH AND JUSTICE

Chapter 11: Juvenile Justice

Background

History and Philosophy of the Juvenile Justice System

Pull-Out: The Adolescent Brain

Juvenile Court Proceedings

Waiving Constitutional Rights

Pull-Out: Trying Juveniles as Adults

Social Workers and the Juvenile Justice System

Sample Case: State In Interest of S.H.

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 12: Criminal Justice

Background

Law Enforcement

The Courts

Corrections

Pull-Out: Felony Convictions and Voting Rights

Sample Case: Farmer v. Brennan

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 13: Death Penalty

Background

Pull-Out: Disproportionality and the Death Penalty

Arguments For and Against the Death Penalty

Legal Exemptions to the Death Penalty

Pull-Out: Social Workers and Mitigation

Sample Case: Kennedy v. Louisiana

Summary and Conclusions

References

Chapter 14: Health

Background

Reproductive rights

Pull-Out: Conscience Clauses

HIV/AIDS

Human Genetics

Sample Case: Johnson v. Florida

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 15: Mental Health

Background

Civil Commitment

Pull-Out: Involuntary Commitment of Convicted Sex Offenders

The Rights to Receive and Refuse Treatment

Pull-Out: Mental Health Advance Directives

Competency to Stand Trial

The Insanity Defense

Sample Case: People v. Kurbegovic

Summary and Conclusion

References

UNIT IV: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS

Chapter 16: Legal Rights of Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Background

Pull-Out: Hate Crimes

The Equal Protection Clause

Rights in Employment

Rights in Housing

Rights in Education

Sample Case: Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 17: Legal Rights of Women

Background

Sex and the Equal Protection Clause

Rights in Employment

Rights in Education

Pull-Out: Single-sex education

Sample Case: Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 18: Legal Rights of Sexual Minorities

Background

Sexual orientation and the Constitution

Rights in Employment

Legal Rights and Military Service

Marriage Equality

Pull-Out: LGBT Rights in a Global Context

Sample Case: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 19: Legal Rights of Immigrants

Background

Pull-Out: The “Anchor Baby” Controversy

Immigration and the Equal Protection Clause

Access to Public Benefits

Rights in Employment

Detection, Detention, and Removal

Sample Case: Plyer v. Doe

Summary and Conclusion

References

Chapter 20: Legal Rights of Students

Background

Freedom of Expression

Search and Seizure

School Discipline

Pull-Out: Disciplining Students with Disabilities

Special Education

Sample Case: Timothy W. v. Rochester

Summary and Conclusion

References

Appendices

Glossary of Terms

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Index

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