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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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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Developing Helping Skills: A Step-by-Step Approach to Competency

Author: Valerie Nash Chang,Carol L. Decker,Sheryn T. Scott

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305943260

Category: Education

Page: 368

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Chang, Decker, and Scott's multilayered teaching and learning system provides a creative blend of learning methods and clear presentation of topics to help students think like practitioners and apply foundational skills to real-world practice. Students first read about professional practice and the skills required to work effectively with clients. Next, they reflect on and write about the ideas presented in the text by completing homework exercises that follow each new concept. The book also includes a case, presented one section at a time, with questions that engage students in learning how to think like professionals. Role-playing in practice interviews promotes skill development, and simple evaluation tools allow for ongoing evaluation of competencies. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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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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Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services

Author: Frederic G. Reamer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231527683

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Should a therapist disclose personal information to a client, accept a client's gift, or provide a former client with a job? Is it appropriate to exchange email or text messages with clients or correspond with them on social networking websites? Some acts, such as initiating a sexual relationship with a client, are clearly prohibited, yet what about more subtle interactions, such as hugging or accepting invitations to a social event? Is maintaining a friendship with a former client or client's relative a conflict of interest that ultimately subverts the client-practitioner relationship? Frederic G. Reamer, a certified authority on professional ethics, offers a frank analysis of a range of boundary issues and their complex formulations. He confronts the ethics of intimate and sexual relationships with clients and former clients, the healthy parameters of practitioners' self-disclosure, electronic relationships with clients, the giving and receiving of gifts and favors, the bartering of services, and the unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances of social encounters and geographical proximity. With case studies addressing challenges in the mental health field, school contexts, child welfare, addiction programs, home-healthcare, elder services, and prison, rural, and military settings, Reamer offers effective, practical risk-management models that prevent problems and help balance dual relationships.
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The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook

A Guide for the Helping Professions

Author: Brian N. Baird

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780205804962

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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"The book guides interns through every phase of the internship process from finding placements to concluding relationships with clients and supervisors. Along the way students learn about ethics, clinical writing and record keeping, working with peers and supervisors, understanding diversity, self care and safety, and how to be successful in meeting the challenges and opportunities of the internship or field placement setting. Following an evidence and competency based approach, the latest research findings are reviewed from the fields of psychology, social work and counseling."--Publisher.
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