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This is the leading introduction to professional values and ethics in social work. Frederic G. Reamer provides social workers with a succinet and comprehensive overview of the most critical issues relating to professional values and ethics, including the nature of social work values, ethical dilemmas, and professional misconduct. Conceptually rich and attuned to the complexities of ethical decision making, Social Work Values and Ethics is unique in striking the right balance between history, theory, and practical application.
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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Association of Social Workers Bulletin - Beverley J. Antle
A vital reference source for contemporary practice.
Canadian Association of Social Workers Bulletin
A vital reference source for contemporary practice.

— Beverley J. Antle

Synthesizes for social workers the knowledge and debates around work values and ethical dilemmas, and professional misconduct, that have grown throughout the history of the profession, emphasizing those that are most pressing in contemporary practice. Discusses such aspects as the nature of social work's mission, the process of ethical decision making, confidentiality, paternalism, labor-management disputes, termination of service, and the impaired social worker. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Wisconsin Bookwatch
A valuable educational manual for students and professionals in the complex and changing field.
The China Journal
A richly textured account of this fascinating region.

— John M. Carroll

Dominic Sisti
Frederic G. Reamer continues to be the leading scholar in the area of professional ethics in human services. With dozens of case vignettes and exact scholarship, this volume is required reading for students and seasoned professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231137898
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2006
  • Series: Foundations of Social Work Knowledge Series
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 527,296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederic G. Reamer is professor at the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. His many books include Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids; Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice; and Social Work Malpractice and Liability: Strategies for Prevention.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Social work values and ethics : an overview 1
2 Social work values 11
3 Ethical dilemmas and decision making : a framework 43
4 Ethical dilemmas in social work : direct practice 87
5 Ethical dilemmas in social work : indirect practice 123
6 Ethics risk management and ethical misconduct 155
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    A valuable educational manual

    Now in an updated third edition, Social Work Values And Ethics by Frederic G. Reamer (Professor of Social Work, Rhode Island College) is an articulate and thoughtful introduction to core ethical principles and common dilemmas in the field of social work. Chapters cover common ethical issues in direct practice and indirect practice, as well as problems in ethical risk management and ethical misconduct. Chapters are followed by 'discussion questions' ideal for group study and participation. A valuable educational manual for students and professionals in the complex and changing field.

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