Fordham Notes: GSS Professor Publishes Social Service Text

Thursday, October 29, 2009

GSS Professor Publishes Social Service Text

Tina Maschi, Ph.D, assistant professor of social service at Fordham, has published Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings, a textbook for social workers, with colleagues Carolyn Bradley, Ph.D, LCSW, LCADC; and Kelly Ward, Ph.D, LCSW, LCADC.

Legal issues are rarely integrated in social work education in a meaningful and practical way, according to the publisher (Springer), but regardless of their field of practice, all social workers must understand how legal issues impact the financial, psychological, emotional, and social concerns that their clients face.

The book broadens the traditional definition of forensic social work to include the legal issues encountered in all social work settings—family and social services, education, child welfare, mental health, addiction treatment, juvenile and criminal systems and immigration services. The text includes discussions of the common legal issues all social workers face:

• How to help meet basic client needs such as income, food, and shelter
• Policies and practice with victims of violence
• The relationship between school social work and the law
• Assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect
• The legal needs of clients with mental health and addiction issues
• Forensic practice in juvenile and criminal justice systems
• Effective practice with immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking

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