Forensic Social Work, Second Edition

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Forensic Social Work, Second Edition

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Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Populations and Settings


  • Tina Maschi PhD, LCSW, ACSW
  • George Stuart Leibowitz PhD, LICSW

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This extensively revised edition reviews the latest research and practices in forensic social work. Readers learn to integrate socio-legal knowledge when working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Noted interdisciplinary contributors review the most common forensic issues encountered in the field to better prepare readers to deal with the resulting financial, psychological, emotional, and legal ramifications. Using a human rights and social justice approach, the book demonstrates the use of a forensic lens when working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities who struggle with human rights and social justice issues. Each chapter features objectives, competencies, Voices from the Field, a summary, exercises, and additional resources.


  • Highlights working with various populations such as minorities, immigrants, veterans, the elderly, LGBTQ persons, persons with disabilities, substance abusers, trauma survivors, and more.
  • Reviews the field’s conceptual and historical foundation and pertinent laws to better prepare readers for professional practice (Part 1).
  • Introduces the most common forensic issues encountered when working in various settings including health care, social and protective services, the child welfare system, the criminal justice system, school systems, immigration services, addiction treatment facilities, and more (Part 2).
  • Provides a wealth of practical guidance via case studies and interviewing, assessment, and intervention tips.
  • Voices from the Field written by seasoned practitioners introduce common situations readers are likely to encounter.

New to this Edition:

  • Highlights the 2015 Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Policies and Accreditation Standards throughout the text.
  • Greatly expanded coverage from 26 to 32 chapters with more on healthcare, housing, employment, the juvenile and criminal justice system, adult protective services, and the dynamics of oppression.
  • New Part dedicated to the core skills that must be mastered by forensic social workers including evidence-based assessments and interventions, forensic interviewing, expert testimonies, case and policy advocacy, program development, and research and evaluation (Part 3).
  • Highlights the latest interventions including trauma informed and restorative justice practices.
  • Updated content related to the DSM-5 and healthcare reform.
  • Reflects the latest immigration policies, criminal justice reform, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Older Americans Act.
  • More instructor resources including sample syllabi, Power Points, interviewing, evaluation, and assessment forms and checklists.

Ideal for MSW and BSW courses in forensic social work as well as forensic/legal courses taught in criminal justice and psychology, practitioners working in a variety of settings who must have a working knowledge of forensic social work will appreciate this book’s comprehensive overview of the field.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 27, 2017
  • Page Count 560
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826120663
  • EISBN 9780826120670

About The Author(s) 

Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, is an associate professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service where she teaches research, practice, and human rights and social justice. She has over 30 years of clinical social work and research experience in juvenile and criminal justice settings and community mental health settings. Dr. Maschi was a 2010 recipient of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program Award and a 2009 recipient of the Council on Social Work Education’s Faculty Scholar’s Award for the research project Promising Practices in Social Work Research Education. Her research and practice interests focus on human rights and social justice, forensic social work practice, cumulative trauma, resilience and well-being, justice involved aging people, and community-based research and evaluation.

George Stuart Leibowitz, Ph.D., LICSW, is Professor at Stony Brook University, School of Social Welfare in New York, where he teaches courses in mental health, trauma, substance abuse, and clinical practice. He is a licensed clinical social worker and was listed with the State of Colorado as a sex offense-specific treatment provider and evaluator. Dr. Leibowitz provides training and consultation to several agencies nationally involving risk of sexual harm cases. His research agenda includes developing etiological models of sexual aggression, trauma-informed practices with families and incarcerated populations, restorative justice, and assessment and interventions with juveniles who present with sexually harmful behavior. He has published articles in journals such as Trauma and Dissociation, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

Table of Contents 


Chapter 1: Conceptual and Historical Overview of Forensic Social Work

    Tina Maschi, George S. Leibowitz, Mary Lou Killian

Chapter 2: Life Course Systems Power Analysis: Understanding Health and Justice Disparities for Forensic Assessment and Intervention

    Tina Maschi, George S. Leibowitz

Chapter 3A: Human Rights: Some Implications for Social Work

    Rosemary Barbera

Chapter 3B: Social Work and the Law: An Overview of Ethics, Social Work, & Civil and Criminal Law

    David McLeod


Chapter 4: Education, Social Work and the Law

    Carolyn Bradley, Karen Dunn

Chapter 5: Thinking Outside the Box: Tackling Health Inequities through Forensic Social Work Practice

    Karen Bullock, Jodi Hall, David Fitzpatrick

Chapter 6: Housing

    Tam Perry, Vanessa Rorai, Claudia Sanford

Chapter 7: Employment at the Intersection of the Juvenile Justice System

    Rebecca Linn-Walton

Chapter 8: Families as a System in Forensic Practice

    Nancy Mezey, Tina Maschi, George Leibowitz

Chapter 9: Family and Social Services: Meeting Basic Human Needs of Income, Food, and Shelter

    Anne Sparks

Chapter 10: Child Welfare

    George Leibowitz, R. Anna Hayward-Everson, Carl Mazza

Chapter 11: Domestic Violence

    Joan Pennell

Chapter 12: Substance Use & Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders Treatment: Systems and Issues for Those in Jail, Prison, and on Parole

    Keith Morgen, Kelsey Denison-Vesel, Abigail Voelkner, Carolyn Brouard, Jaclyn Smith, Alissa Nowak

Chapter 13: Critical Issues, Trends, and Interventions in Juvenile Justice

    Wesley Church, George S. Leibowitz, Tina Maschi

Chapter 14: The Criminal Justice System: A History of Mass Incarceration with Implications for Forensic Social Work

    Kirk James

Chapter 15: Adult Protective Services at the Intersection of Aging and Disability

    Joy Swanson Ernst, Patricia Brownell, Tina Maschi

Chapter 16: Justice Involved Veterans: Programs and Services

    Kelli Canada, Clark Peters, Danielle Easter

Chapter 17: The Immigrant Justice System

    Carol Cleaveland

Chapter 18: Intersectoral Collaboration: Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Homelessness Among Vulnerable Populations

    David Fitzpatrick, Jodi Hall, Karen Bullock


Chapter 19: Empirically Informed Forensic Social Work Practice

    Melissa Grady, Jill Levenson, David Prescott

Chapter 20: Motivational Interviewing

David Prescott, George S. Leibowitz

Chapter 21: Forensic Interviewing

    Susan Robbins

Chapter 22: Expert Witness Testimony in Forensic Practice and Justice Systems

    Shreya Mandal

Chapter 23: Restorative Justice and Community Well Being: Visualizing Theories, Practices, and Research – Part 1

    Johannes Wheeldon Katherine van Wormer

Chapter 25: Empowerment and Feminist Practice with Forensic Populations

    Sandra Turner

Chapter 26: Family Engagement and Social Work in Statutory Settings

    Gale Burford

Chapter 27: Collaboration and Care Coordination

    Ida Dickie, Tina Maschi

Chapter 28: Human Rights Issues and Research with Prisoners and Other Vulnerable Populations: Where Does Evidence-Based Practice Go From Here?

    Sandy Gibson

Chapter 29: Forensic Research and Evaluation: Program and Policy Interventions that Promote Human Rights and Social Justice

    Tina Maschi, George S. Leibowitz, Joanne Rees

Chapter 30: Case Level and Policy Advocacy

    Eileen Klein

Chapter 31: Victim Advocacy

    Marie Mele

Chapter 32: Family Televisiting: An Innovative Psychologist-Directed Program to Increase Resilience & Reduce Trauma Among Children with Incarcerated Parents

    Frank Corigliano