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Author Dickson, Donald T.

Title Confidentiality and privacy in social work : a guide to the law for practitioners and students / Donald T. Dickson.

Published New York : Free Press, [1998]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Law  KN 180.5 G1 DICK    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 308 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-298) and indexes.
Contents Pt. 1. Basic Principles for the Professional. Ch. 1. Confidentiality and Privacy in Social Work: An Overview. Ch. 2. Confidential and Privileged Communications. Ch. 3. Privacy and the Law. Ch. 4. Privacy, Confidentiality, and the Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities -- Pt. 2. Law and Practice. Ch. 5. Workplace Privacy: Selected Issues. Ch. 6. Privacy and Confidentiality in Files and Records. Ch. 7. The Duty to Breach Confidentiality to Warn or Protect a Potential Victim. Ch. 8. Minors and Privacy. Ch. 9. Confidentiality, Privacy, and Persons with AIDS. Ch. 10. Selected Problem Areas -- Social Worker and Psychotherapist Privilege: State Statutes and Rules.
Summary The advent of computerized data systems, the growth of managed care, the AIDS epidemic, mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse, workplace drug testing, and various laws requiring that social workers maintain confidential communications in some situations yet disclose them in others have made confidentiality a vital, changing area of the law.
Practitioners, administrators, and those studying for these professions need to know how to use these laws to protect their clients, themselves, and their agencies. Mental health practitioners need authoritative guidance in these areas when working with clients -- children as well as adults -- in both individual and group settings. Administrators must be aware of the laws that protect worker and client privacy, and those that permit legitimate access to information.
Subject Social workers -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Confidential communications -- Social case work -- United States.
Social workers -- Professional ethics -- United States.
ISBN 0684826577