Risk Management in Social Work

Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action

Author: Frederic G. Reamer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023153843X

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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This new text is based on Frederic G. Reamer's key reference for practitioners, Social Work Malpractice and Liability: Strategies for Prevention. Rooted in his own experiences as an expert witness in court and licensing board cases, the volume introduces the concepts of negligence, malpractice, and liability before turning to the subject of risk management. Reflecting on recent legal cases and research, Reamer identifies a variety of problems in the social work field relating to privacy and confidentiality, improper treatment and delivery of services, impaired practitioners, supervision, consultations and referrals, fraud and deception, and termination of service. He also explores the unprecedented ethical challenges created by new digital technologies—such as online counseling, video counseling, and practitioners' use of social networks and social media—and describes current issues relating to HIPAA compliance and access to electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchanges (HIE).He concludes with practical suggestions for social workers named as defendants in lawsuits and respondents in licensing board complaints.
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Social Work Values and Ethics

Author: Frederic G. Reamer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231547757

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

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For decades, teachers and practitioners have turned to Frederic G. Reamer’s Social Work Values and Ethics as the leading introduction to ethical decision making, dilemmas, and professional conduct in practice. A case-driven, concise, and comprehensive textbook for undergraduate and graduate social work programs, this book surveys the most critical issues for social work practitioners. The fifth edition incorporates significant updates to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and new practice and model regulatory standards used by social service and licensing agencies around the world. Reamer also focuses on how social workers should navigate the digital world through discussion of the ethical issues that arise from practitioner use of online services and social networking sites to deliver services, communicate with clients, and provide information to the public, and what standards will protect confidential information transmitted electronically. He highlights potential conflicts between professional ethics and legal guidelines and expands discussions of informed consent, confidentiality and privileged communication, boundaries and dual relationships, documentation, conflicts of interest, and risk management. Conceptually rich and attuned to the complexities of ethical decision making, Social Work Values and Ethics is unique in striking the right balance among history, theory, and practical application.
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The Practice of Generalist Social Work

Author: Marla Berg-Weger,Deborah Adams

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000041336

Category: Social Science

Page: 744

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The fifth edition of The Practice of Generalist Social Work expands its foundational and integrative coverage of social work values, ethics, competencies, and behaviors as they relate and function within diverse practice settings. Through a strengths-based perspective, students are given a comprehensive overview of the major skills and considerations for practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations, encompassing planned change, encompassing engagement, assessment, intervention, evaluation, termination, and follow-up. In response to the challenges and realities of professional practice, chapters in this new edition open with a case which is integrated to provide connections between the book’s content and real-life practice settings. Each chapter builds on the knowledge gained from previous chapters and provides expanded resources that contain up-to-date guidance for the beginning practitioner. These include: • Consistent and in-depth use of key theoretical perspectives and case examples to demonstrate essential knowledge, values, and skills for generalist social work practice. • Grand Challenges from the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, which illustrate the connection between social work and the most significant contemporary challenges in our society. • A clear focus on generalist social work practice, informed by the authors’ decades of real-world practice experience, at all levels of engagement and intervention. This edition also offers revised and expanded student and instructor resources available at www.routledgesw.com, including new conceptually-based companion readings, access to six unique and interactive case simulations, quick guides for improved fieldwork, and annotated weblinks for further reading, listening, and viewing. Combining comprehensive and current resources in traditional and online formats, the new edition of The Practice of Generalist Social Work facilitates a dynamic, experiential introduction to social work.
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Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy

An Ethical and Clinical Guide

Author: Janet A. Courtney,Robert D. Nolan

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317241983

Category: Psychology

Page: 238

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Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy explores the professional and legal boundaries around physical contact in therapy and offers best-practice guidelines from a variety of perspectives. Chapters address issues around appropriate and sensitive therapist-initiated touch, therapeutic approaches that use touch as an intervention in child treatment, and both positive and challenging forms of touch that are initiated by children. In these pages, professionals and students alike will find valuable information on ways to address potential ethical dilemmas, including defining boundaries, working with parents and guardians, documentation, consent forms, cultural considerations, countertransference, and much more.
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The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

Author: Stephen M. Marson,Robert E. McKinney, Jr.

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429798121

Category: Social Science

Page: 422

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The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values is a comprehensive exploration and assessment of current and future issues facing social work practice and education. It is the first book to codify ethical practices for social workers from across the globe and in myriad workplace settings. Each section meaningfully captures this complex subject area: ethics writ large visions of diverse values abortion relationship and gender issues micro and mezzo practice settings social work education technological issues spirituality globalism economic issues special topics Leaving no stone unturned, this handbook comprehensively addresses the most controversial topics in an evenhanded manner. Among professional social workers, values and ethics traverse political boundaries, cultural identifications, and languages. This handbook will help to make sense of this unity within diversity. With contributions from the world’s leading scholars, this book will be a valuable resource for all social work students, academics, researchers, and practitioners who seek a coherent and objective analysis in the abstract arena of ethics and values.
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Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy

Author: Lorna Hecker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135236968

Category: Psychology

Page: 296

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While on some issues couple and family therapists have an exquisitely clear direction from professional codes of ethics, others fall under gray areas that instead rely on therapists making reasoned ethical decisions. Therapists need to develop ethical sensitivity to potential ethical issues in order to decrease their risk in practice, and increase their maneuverability in the therapy room. In Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy, Lorna Hecker and her contributing authors address various clinical scenarios that demonstrate the complex ethical situations couple and family therapists face every day. Some points discussed in this holistic book include boundary, power, and privilege issues, along with unique ethical issues in practicing therapy with children. Risk issues when working with potential danger, suicide, and partner violence are also explored. Each chapter sensitizes readers to potential ethical issues and provides a model for ethical decision making that best promotes good on behalf of clients. Couple and family therapists will find this text an invaluable and inexhaustible resource.
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The Encyclopedia of Social Work

4 Volume Set

Author: Terry Mizrahi,Larry Davis

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195306613

Category: Social Science

Page: 2154

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This 20e contains 400 articles which represent a thoroughly updated and expanded look at the entire field of social work. The 4-volumes cover all aspects of social work from practice/interventions, social environments, social conditions and challenges, to social policy and history. Co-published by OUP and the National Assoc. of Social Workers, USA.
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The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook

A Guide for the Helping Professions

Author: Brian N. Baird

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 214

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Professionals and students in the helping professions consider internships, practicums, and field placements among the most influential experiences of their careers. At the same time, however, students also report that their normal coursework typically provides only indirect, and in many cases insufficient, preparation for their first "real world" exposure. This book is designed to bridge the gap between academic coursework and the knowledge, skills, and emotional challenges that are found beyond the classroom. In writing this book, I sought to draw upon the best information available from psychology, social work, counseling, psychiatry, and other helping professions. Toward that end, I conducted extensive literature reviews of the leading journals and texts in each field. I also consulted with numerous faculty and supervisors in each discipline and in various types of academic institutions and internship settings. Drawing upon personal experience in the role of intern, and having supervised hundreds of students and trainees in beginning and advanced placements, I have tried to write a book that will be valuable at many levels. Whether you are an undergraduate student working for the first time in a field placement or a graduate student completing your final internship, I hope this book will help your work and learning be more effective and more rewarding. OVERVIEW OF THE CONTENTS A glance at the table of contents reveals that the book is organized along both chronological and thematic lines. The chapters have been organized sequentially to anticipate the stages interns pass through and the understandings or skills that will be required in those stages. Initial chapters deal with such things as selecting placements and supervisors, meeting staff and clients, and key ethical and legal issues. Middle chapters deal with supervision, working with individuals of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, clinical writing, and self-care. Discussions of termination, finishing the internship, and lessons learned conclude the book. Finally, appendixes provide examples of forms useful for establishing learning plans, supervision agreements, ethical guidelines, evaluations, and other procedures. Because internship training and clinical work involve a constant process of self-exploration and change, the textual material of each chapter is accompanied by self-exploration and experiential learning exercises. I encourage you to use these exercises and be open to the experiences. The more one works in this field the more acutely one realizes the importance of self-examination and understanding. Since the initial publication of this book, the response from students, instructors, and supervisors has been tremendously gratifying. Students are finding many of their questions answered here, and the practical suggestions help them deal more effectively with both the challenges and the opportunities of internships. Instructors have found that students who have read the chapters are better informed and have a greater awareness of issues and information they need to know. Supervisors have reported to me that the interns who are using this book are much better prepared and more knowledgeable than others. Indeed, a number of on-site supervisors have told me they will not supervise any interns unless the intern has read this book. This fourth edition builds on the base established already and incorporates the most recent research and clinical literature in the field. Of particular importance in this new edition is extensive discussion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as it relates to ethical and legal issues. In addition, the role of technology in clinical work continues to grow, and I have expanded the discussion of relevant ethical and clinical issues pertaining to computerized record keeping, electronic communications, and even remote supervision and delivery of clinical services. Other topics that have been expanded or added include the influence of managed care on practice and ethics, the concept of vicarious traumatization as a stressor for clinicians, multimodal and research-based approaches to self-care, evolving issues in the ethics of informed consent, and new forms for use in tracking clinical and supervisory experience. There have also been some organizational changes as chapters pertaining to clinical writing and record keeping have been merged, as have chapters dealing with stresses of clinical work and self care. As in previous editions, I have also incorporated many of the valuable suggestions offered by students, faculty, and supervisors. I first wrote this book when I was teaching and chair of the Department of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma Washington. Since then, I have been honored to be elected to serve in the United States Congress as the Representative from Washington State's Third District. I am currently completing my third term in Congress. While my duties in Congress have necessitated, at least for now, that I leave the classroom and clinical supervision, I remain as committed as ever to the mission of human service and to the importance and value of training students in field settings. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am also more convinced than ever that those who work and teach in the helping professions have a responsibility to also be involved as citizens in the political process. Our professions are uniquely qualified and positioned to offer critical insights into some of the most vexing issues facing our nation today. Juvenile violence, drug abuse, early childhood education, healthcare funding, environmental protection, and even conflict resolution in international affairs have all been the topic of both study and direct intervention by human service professionals. Thus, it is my hope that while students, faculty, and supervisors use this book to help enhance the quality of their internship experiences, they will also use their own talents in some way in the public arena to expand their contributions to the public good.
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