Forensic Social Work Legal Aspects of Professional Practice

ISBN-10: 0789008688
ISBN-13: 9780789008688
Edition: 2nd 1999
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Forensic Social Work in a Litigious Society
The Purpose of Forensic Social Work
Law in the Origins of Social Work
Early Affinity of Social Work and the Law
Divergence Between Social Work and the Law
Growth of the Litigious Society
Social Work's Renewed Interest
What Social Workers Must Know About the Law
The Emergence of Forensic Social Work
The Practice of Forensic Social Work
What Do Forensic Social Workers Do?
Motivations for Forensic Social Workers
Payment for Forensics Experts
Positive Incentives
Forensic Social Work As a Part-Time Occupation
Steps Toward a Forensics Specialty
How Expert Witnesses Become Established
Referral-Building Activities
Forensic Marketing Organizations
Forensic Professional Groups
Forensic Experts in Related Fields
National Organization of Forensic Social Workers
Conclusion
Testifying in Courtrooms
Types of Courtroom Witnesses
Roles of the Social Work Fact Witness
Distinguishing Fact and Expert Witnesses
The Subpoena
Presenting Testimony Effectively
Responding to Direct Examination
Responding to Cross-Examination
Hazards in Presenting Testimony
Testifying Against Clients
The Testimony of Children
Recovered or Implanted Memory
Ten Guidelines for the Effective Witness
Testifying As an Expert Witness
Pretrial Negotiations
Negotiating Payment
Preparation As an Expert Witness
Rehearsing Expert Testimony
Voir Dire: Qualifying As an Expert
Presenting Expert Testimony
Direct Examination of the Expert
Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses
Tactics to Impeach Expert Witnesses
Conclusion
Malpractice and How to Avoid It
Some Malpractice Examples
Responsibility for Therapy Outcomes
Alleged Child Abuse: To Report or Not?
The Ramona Case
Criteria for Malpractice Liability
Preventive and Defensive Practices
Conduct Leading to Malpractice Claims
When Laws and Ethics Collide
The Limits of Confidentiality
Child Abuse and Neglect Laws
"Duty to Warn" Laws
The Tarasoff Case
Rationale of Judges and Legal Officials
Guidelines for Coping
Implementing the Actual Warning
Jaffee vs. Redmond
Conclusion
Preparing for Litigation
Recognizing a Potential Legal Hazard
The Emotional Risks of Litigation
When to Seek Legal Help
Costs of Litigation
Goals in Hiring a Lawyer
Trial or Settlement?
Professional Review: Judgment by Colleagues
Need for Alternatives to Law Courts
Philosophies of Reviewing Organizations
Types of Sanctions
Disciplinary Action Reporting System (DARS)
Third-Party Review Procedures
NASW Peer Review Procedure
Critique of NASW Adjudication Procedures
Other Professional Review Procedures
Inevitability of Peer Review
How to Avoid or Minimize Sanctions
When Misconduct Is Acknowledged
Case Recording and Written Contracts
Report Writing for the Litigious Society
Record Keeping for Couples and Families
The Problem-Oriented (SOAP) Record
Accessibility of Case Records
Forensics Reports versus Case Records
The Written Contract
Written versus Verbal Contracts
The Preservation of Contracts and Records
Conclusion
Legal and Professional Credentials
Practicing Without Credentials
Consequences of Misrepresentation
What Are Credentials?
Origins of Social Work Credentials
Requirements for Professional Credentials
Social Work Licensure
Comparing Credentials with Other Professions
Unresolved Credentialing Problems
The AASSWB Model Social Work Practice Act
Conclusion
State Boards of Social Work Licensure
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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