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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, 3rd Edition helps readers understand how to work within the legal system to benefit clients and further client interests, recognize certain client problems as legal, and work effectively with lawyers, as well as 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.
- This new edition provides a complete and substantial revision of all chapters, reflecting current law as it relates to the regulation of social work practice and to the fields of social work practice such as criminal and juvenile justice, child welfare, education, domestic relations, health, gerontology, and mental health.
- In addition to updating and expanding content in terms of the law, the third edition is designed to focus on skills social workers need to work ethically and competently in today's environment.
- A completely new, reorganized table of contents aligns to the sequence of topics taught in most courses. The first section addresses basic legal concepts and principles needed in social work practice. The second section discusses law related to social work practice that cuts across all fields of practice, and the third section addresses law related to specific fields of social work practice.
- Readers learn to identify laws significant to social work practice and how to find, understand, and use these laws in practice.
- The authors assume no prior familiarity with legal matters; their clear writing style avoids legal jargon.
- Excerpts from actual court opinions and statutes teach readers how to understand primary sources; coverage of legal research is included.
- More than 70 cases and a practical guide to appearing in court help readers understand the realities of legal issues that affect social workers.
1. Understanding the Law and the Legal System.
2. Skills in Finding, Reading, and Citing the Law.
3. Understanding the Hearing Process.
4. Skills for Competent Practice in the Hearing Process.
5. Understanding the Constitution.
Part II: LAW IMPACTING ALL FIELDS OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.
6. Regulation of Practice.
7. Confidentiality and Other Legal and Ethical Obligations.
8. Sanctions for Illegal, Unethical, and Unprofessional Practice.
Part III: LAW RELATED TO SPECIFIC FIELDS OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.
9. Criminal Justice.
10. Juvenile Justice.
11. Protection of Children.
12. Adoption of Children.
13. Parentage and Child Support.
14. Adult Domestic Relations.
15. Custody of Children.
16. Education of Children.
17. Health Care.
18. Commitment and Treatment of Persons with Mental Disorders.
19. Guardianship and Protection of Vulnerable Adults.