Presentation on theme: "Working With Social Workers"— Presentation transcript:
1 Working With Social Workers A Multidisciplinary Approach to Child AdvocacyJess Sucherman, J.D., Alyssa Patzoldt, J.D.Tyra Moore, LICSW, LCSW-CKimberly Daulton, LICSW, LCSW-CAugust 2013
2 Overview of the Training Who We Are and What We DoSocial Work Practice FoundationImproving AdvocacyEthical, Legal, and Practical Issues with Incorporating Social WorkersSkills for Effective Partnering
3 Who We AreChildren's Law Center envisions a future in which every child in the District of Columbia has a solid foundation of family, health and education.Our ValuesHolistic RepresentationImpactCreativityTeamworkTenacityRespect
4 What We Do The GAL Project Healthy Together Families First Best Interests RepresentationHealthy TogetherFamilies FirstPro Bono Program
5 The Social Work Project Program development and structureA spectrum of social worker involvementConsultationIntegration
6 Models of Legal/Social Work Collaboration AgencyMultidisciplinaryInterdisciplinary/EmployeeConsultantIntegrated
8 NASW Code of Ethics Preamble The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in povertySocial workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
9 NASW Code of Ethics Preamble Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice.Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs.Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.
10 NASW Code of EthicsThe mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values.servicesocial justicedignity and worth of the personimportance of human relationshipsintegritycompetence
11 Client Specific Ethical Principles Self-determinationConfidentialityWho is the client?Cultural competence and social diversityTermination
12 Type of Social Workers Micro Social Work Macro/Mezzo Social Work Child welfareCase ManagementMental HealthHospitals/ClinicsSchoolVeteran AffairsMilitaryElder carePrisonsCorporationsPoliticsCommunity Organizing (Mezzo)Research/EvaluationAdvocacy/PolicyEducationSupervision/ Consultation (Mezzo)Program Development (Mezzo)Administration (mezzo)
13 Social Work Education and Licensure Bachelors of Social Work (BSW)Masters of Social Work (MSW)Doctorate of Social Work (DSW)LicensureBachelors LevelMasters LevelAdvanced Generalist LevelClinical Level
14 Social Work Practice The value of relationships Use of self Strengths based/solution focused frame workProcess, not just outcomesEmpower versus enableInformed rational decision making
15 Challenges to Social Work Practice Layers of bureaucracyJurisdiction/Agency specific stressorsVicarious trauma and burn outPersonal capacity
16 Improving Advocacy with External Social Workers
17 Advocacy Through Collaboration Why collaborate at all?Mobilize resourcesExpedite timelinesConsensus as a means of best interestsBetter outcomes for clientsThinking beyond collaborationIncreased quality in legal argumentsRobust expansion in advocacy
18 Improving Advocacy Making the most of relationship Understanding and managing conflictEmbracing the global perspectiveIncreasing cross-trainingUnderstanding the limits of social work practice.
19 Improving Advocacy Recognizing advocacy perspectives Managing confidentialityRespecting and appreciating social work skill setUnderstanding credentialing
20 Incorporating Social Workers in a Legal Organization
21 CaveatsThere are many ethical, legal, and practical issues with incorporating social workers into legal organizationsThis is an overview and highlights how CLC has addressed these issuesThis is dependent on particular organization needs and local rules and laws
22 Interdisciplinary Model Social worker is an integrated member of the team.Social worker is obligated to adhere to lawyer’s professional standards, including confidentiality.Social Worker is not an independent provider and uses his/her skills to support the work of the law office.
23 Ethical and Legal Issues Confidentiality/Informed ConsentABA Model Rules 1.6 and 5.4Mandated ReportingConfidentiality wallsCLC’s jurisdictional solutionConflictsLegal issuesSocial work issuesCLC’s approach to conflicts
24 Ethical and Legal Issues Social worker as lawyer’s agentABA Model Rule 5.3Represented party contactConfidentialityLegal standards drive advocacySocial workers in courtPractice conflictsValues implications
25 Practical and Logistical Issues Role clarityLack of consensusLoss of autonomyMaking use of limited social worker resources
26 Practical and Logistical Issues SupervisionCross trainingHiring social service staffWhat do you need?SalaryInterviewingInterns
28 Skills for Effective Partnering Collaboration can be challenging!Social workers and lawyers need to develop self awareness in order to partner effectively.There are a variety of skills that can enhance collaboration in the best interest of client outcomes.
29 Skills Role Clarity Positive Communication Trust Shared decision-makingEmpathyAcceptance
30 Skills Cross training Shared Language Process in place to protect client confidencesUnderstanding of people outside of organizationDifference in world view
31 Questions? Contact InformationD.C.’s Children’s Law Center 616 H Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001, (202)
32 Questions? Kimberly Daulton, Director of Social Work ext. 516,Tyra Moore, Senior Social Workerext. 557,Jess Sucherman, Supervising Attorneyext. 575,Alyssa Patzoldt, Supervising Attorneyext. 532,