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Forensic Social Work


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Table of Contents


  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. 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
  • Chapter 2. 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
  • Chapter 3. Testifying in Courtrooms
  • Types of Courtroom Witnesses
  • Roles of the Social Work Fact Witness
  • Distinguishing Fact and Expert Witness
  • 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
  • Chapter 4. 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
  • Chapter 5. Malpractice and How To Avoid It
  • Some Malpractice Examples
  • Responsibility for Therapy Outcomes
  • Alleged Child Abuse: To Report or Not?
  • The Ramona (ital.) Case
  • Criteria for Malpractice Liability
  • Preventive and Defensive Practices
  • Conduct Leading to Malpractice Claims
  • Chapter 6. When Laws and Ethics Collide
  • The Limits of Confidentiality
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Laws
  • The Tarasoff (ital.) Case
  • Rationale of Judges and Legal Officials
  • Guidelines for Coping
  • Implementing the Actual Warning
  • Jaffee vs. Redmond (ital.)
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. 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?
  • Chapter 8. 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
  • Chapter 9. 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
  • Chapter 10. 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 Wo

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