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Law in Social Work Practice, 3rd Edition

  • Andrea Saltzman, M.A., J.D. University of California, Berkeley
  • David M. Furman, M.S.W., J.D. University of Denver
  • Kathleen Ohman, M.S.W., Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • ISBN-10: 1133312616  |  ISBN-13: 9781133312611
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1999, 1990
  • © 2016 | Published
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About

Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

Part I: BASIC LEGAL CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES, AND SKILLS FOR 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.

What's New

  • 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.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Andrea Saltzman, M.A., J.D.

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, M.S.W., J.D.

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, M.S.W., Ph.D.

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.