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Legal liability is one of the unfortunate risks associated with professional practice. The frequency of liability claims against social workers has been rising steadily, as has the monetary value of related judgements and out-of-court settlements. In light of this trend, it is important for all social workers to anticipate the possibility, however remote, that they will be named in a lawsuit and learn to recognize, minimize, and cope with these risks they encounter in their work.;This work, describing malpractice, liability, and risk management, has been written specifically for the social workers. Using case studies, Frederic Reamer describes a wide variety of problems related to privacy and confidentiality, improper treatment and delivery of services, impaired practitioners, supervision, consultation and referral, fraud and deception, and termination of service.;He discusses the legal and ethical implications of each situation, and offers specific strategies for reducing liability risk and advice on how to cope in the event of a lawsuit. This book offers invaluable guidance for both beginning and experienced social workers involved in direct practice, supervision and administration.