Legal Considerations

Week 6: Legal Considerations

Important Note: Please use the media player below to hear an audio course introduction that will give you more background information about the course topic. Also provided is a transcript for you to download and print out.

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Legal considerations [Audio file]. Retrieved from

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute.

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Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Apply legal considerations in field education experience
  • Analyze challenges in adhering to legal considerations during field education experience
  • Analyze diversity in relation to social work practice
  • Analyze cultural competence in relation to social work practice
  • Apply social work practice skills

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Garthwait, C. L. (2017). The social work practicum: A guide and workbook for students (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Chapter 13, “Legal Issues” (pp. 148-158)

Required Media

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Legal considerations [Audio file]. Retrieved from

Note:  This audio introduction is located in the “Introduction and Objectives” section. The approximate length of this media piece is 1 minute.

Optional Resources

Click the following link to access the MSW home page, which provides resources for your social work program.

MSW home page

Assignment 1: Week 6 Blog

Refer to the topics covered in this week’s resources and incorporate them into your blog.

By Day 3

Post a blog post that includes:

  • Any legal considerations during your field education experience that you may have had to address or that you might address
  • An explanation of potential challenges in adhering to legal considerations during your field education experience
By Day 4

Respond to the blog post of three colleagues in one or more of the following ways:

  • Validate an idea in your colleague’s post with your own experience.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting.

Be sure to support your blog posts with specific references to this week’s resources and provide full APA citations for your references. For more information about posting your blog assignment, click on the Field Education Blogs link on the course navigation menu.

Submission and Grading Information
Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 6 Assignment 1 Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 4

To participate in this Assignment:
Week 6 Assignment 1

Assignment 2: Process Recordings

A process recording is a written tool used by field education experience students, field instructors, and faculty to examine the dynamics of social work interactions in time. Process recordings can help in developing and refining interviewing and intervention skills. By conceptualizing and organizing ongoing activities with social work clients, you are able to clarify the purpose of interviews and interventions, identify personal and professional strengths and weaknesses, and improve self-awareness. The process recording is also a useful tool in exploring the interpersonal dynamics and values operating between you and the client system through an analysis of filtering the process used in recording a session.

For this Assignment, you will submit a process recording of your field education experiences specific to diversity and cultural competence.

The Assignment (2–4 pages):

  • Provide a transcript of what happened during your field education experience, including a dialogue of interaction with a client.
  • Explain your interpretation of what occurred in the dialogue, including social work practice theories, and explain how it might relate to diversity or cultural competence covered this week.
  • Describe your reactions and/or any issues related to your interaction with a client during your field education experience.
  • Explain how you applied social work practice skills when performing the activities during your process recording.

Response 1

Alysia Barkster  at Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:14:51 PM

Interning at a mental health agency, liability often comes into play due to the client’s not always being able to advocate for themselves and having to place many of their life decisions in the hands of the agencies staff. Within the last two weeks of field placement, myself and my supervisor remained in contact with a  potential client as she was awaiting approval to enter services. During this time, the client struggled to manage her mental health. It was apparent during conversations she required psychiatric and crisis stabilization services. Due to being mandated reporters, we believed it was our duty to follow up with the client and ensure she received the attention that she needed at that time. If the client whom we were in contact with daily did not seek crisis services independently, a phone call to the crisis stabilization services and her emergency contact would have been made, as we also have a signed authorization from the client to do so. This client we believe was on the verge of suicide or self harm. As mentioned (Garthwait, 2017), expresses the duty of the professional to prevent a client’s suicide, placing the professional at risk for liability and legal consideration. As mentioned of being mandated reports, my field placement has direct contact with adults that live within assisted living facilities. It is the duty of the professional to report misconduct and mistreatment of clients by other residents, staff, and including our agencies staff.

Social workers among other staff must follow laws and policies to maintain the functionality of the agency. The client within my field placement as the right to make informal and formal grievances regarding any treatment or lack thereof to be questioned by the agency management. The client also has the right to receive an advocate to properly make such grievances in which is then brought forth to the LHRC-Local Human Rights Committee to assist and provide feedback regarding the final decision, action plan to address the matter if still wanting to proceed with services.

Challenges within the agency and currently with my field placement have not arose due to careful consideration of the client in all matters. A potential challenge that does often worry me is confidentiality between the client, agency staff, and other parties such as friends, family members, and community resources. According to (NASW, 2019) when social workers provide counseling services to families, couples, or groups, social workers should seek agreement among the parties involved concerning each individual’s right to confidentiality and obligation to preserve the confidentiality of information shared by others. It is my duty and the agency staff to ensure there is consent to share information amongst various parties. If an incident was to occur, I believe I would have the support and assistance of the agency, specifically my supervisor to rectify and address the situation in the best fitting manner.