Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings

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Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings

Format:  Hardcover,

398 pages

Publisher: Springer Pub Co

Publish Date: Jul 2009

ISBN-13: 9780826118578

ISBN-10: 0826118577

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"" T]his book provides practical practice guidance as well as...interviewing and assessment tips.... A]n invaluable source of information for students, practitioners, researchers and educators.""
-Karen M. Sowers, PhD
Dean, University of Tennessee
College of Social Work

Regardless of their field of practice, all social workers must understand how legal issues impact the financial, psychological, emotional, and social concerns that their clients face. Yet legal issues are rarely integrated in social work education in a meaningful and practical way. Therefore, it is imperative that social workers gain the interdisciplinary knowledge of the laws and policies that affect their client populations.

This groundbreaking text broadens the traditional definition of forensic social work to include the legal issues encountered in all social work settings-family and social services, education, child welfare, mental health, addiction treatment, juvenile and criminal systems, and immigration services. Advocating a collaborative approach, this book will allow social workers to navigate the complex social and legal issues that affect their clients.

Includes discussions of the common legal issues all social workers face: How to help meet basic client needs such as income, food, and shelter Policies and practice with victims of violence The relationship between school social work and the law Assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect The legal needs of clients with mental health and addiction issues Forensic practice in juvenile and criminal justice systems Effective practice with immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking

Digital instructor's materials available upon request. Email to gain immediate access to: Forensic Interviewing Best Practices sample Psychiatric Evaluation sample Rapid Psychosocial Assessment Checklist Sample Syllabus for Forensic Social Work Courses Strengths-based Psychosocial Assessment and Treatment Planning Outline


Publisher: Springer Pub Co
Publish Date: Jul 2009
ISBN-13: 9780826118578
ISBN-10: 0826118577
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 398
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.9 x 1.0 x 9.9
Walmart No.: 9780826118578

Chapter outline

Overview of Collaborative Forensic Practice
Defining Collaborative Forensic Social Work with Diverse Populations
A History of Forensic Social Work in the United States
Visualizing Forensic Social Work and Collaborative Practice: A Social Justice Systems Approach
Part 1 Civil and Criminal Law
From Intervention Roles to Multidisciplinary Practice
Fields of Practice
Family and Social Services
Family: Youth & Adults
Social Services: Meeting Basic Human Needs of Income, Food and Shelter

Book description

The major focus of the book is on social work practice that intersects with the legal system. An emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills of collaboration that is need across the field of practice. A conceptual model, entitled the Social Justice Systems perspective, places an emphasis on the two pronged approach to practice, which is to increase well-being and social functioning, and improve social justice outcomes. All social work fields of practice are thus implicated in this model: social services, education, child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice, and immigration.

This book takes a generalist approach to forensic social work that moves beyond a narrow definition that involves only victims and offenders in the juvenile and criminal justice system. It includes practice arenas that involve civil law issues, such as adoption, divorce, disabilities rights, etc.

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