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Introduction to Forensic Social Work Perspectives (From Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Settings, Third Edition, P 25-31, 2007, Albert R. Roberts and David W. Springer, eds. -- See NCJ-217866)

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Albert R. Roberts; David W. Springer
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7 pages
This chapter summarizes the 6 sections and 31 chapters of this book, which explores the development of Federal, State, and local policies and practices in juvenile and criminal justice settings pertinent to meeting the social-service and mental-health needs of juvenile and adult offenders, their families, and their victims.
The seven chapters of Section 1 provide an introduction to forensic social work trends, policies, and practices. These chapters present the overarching conceptual framework for the rest of the book. The four chapters of Section 2 focus on crisis-intervention components and strategies and police-based social work. Section 3 is composed of five chapters that examine the assessment and treatment of juvenile delinquents, juvenile justice policy developments, and the role of the social worker in juvenile justice settings. The five chapters of Section 4 address issues related to victim assistance, child maltreatment, domestic violence crisis intervention, and trauma care. Section 5 contains four chapters that explore probation, parole, and court settings. The six chapters of Section 6 focus on the social worker's role in adult corrections in institutional and community-based settings. These chapters consider relevant social-worker training, service to female offenders, reentry into the community, and the function of social workers in a maximum-security prison.