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May 2002Vol. 3, No. 4Security Risk: Preventing Client Violence Against Social Workers

Weinger, Susan. National Association of Social Workers, Washington, DC. 2001. $21.99. 89 pp. Paperback.

Research indicates that at least a quarter of professional social workers are likely to confront a violent situation on the job, and half of all human services professionals will experience client violence at some point during their careers. Weinger presents rational approaches for implementing safety guidelines in the social work environment, and provides easily applied methods and strategies for enhancing personal safety while maintaining the supportive, empathetic demeanor necessary for casework. She demonstrates how to recognize potential violence and how to apply prevention guidelines, specific personal and professional safeguards, and intervention strategies when violence occurs.

Special features of this guide:

  • Consider why violence toward social workers is increasing
  • Address the different types of violence, noting appropriate responses to each
  • Identify risk factors and the degree of danger in different settings
  • Discuss preventive techniques and strategies, including interview pointers
  • Offer suggestions on managing the aftermath of a violent encounter
  • Include section goals, activities, case studies, and points to remember.

To purchase a copy, contact:

NASW Press
PO Box 431
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
Phone: 800-227-3590 or 301-317-8688
Fax: 301-206-7989