social workers, lawyers, joint practice, legal services
This article will briefly describe the history that has led to the present disconnect between social workers and lawyers, the ethical rules that have been perceived as a barrier to effective interdisciplinary practice, including rules about lawyer independence, defining who the client is and mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect. It identifies the importance of advance planning in structuring a truly interdisciplinary practice and anticipating and addressing ethical issues. And it describes the benefits to clients as well as social work and law students of engaging in interdisciplinary practice.
Digital Commons Citation
Weimer, Deborah J., "Developing a New Model of Support and Empowerment to Families in Need: Overcoming Historic and Ethical Barriers to Interdisciplinary Practice" (2009). Faculty Scholarship. 686.