For more than a decade, teachers and practitioners have turned to Frederic G. Reamer's Social Work Values and Ethics for its comprehensive introduction to ethical decision making and practical guidance regarding professional misconduct. This new edition incorporates the legal and technological realities now facing individuals in the field, featuring a discussion of the ethical issues that arise from practitioner use of online services and social networking sites, as well as an overview of ethical standards that protect confidential information transmitted electronically.
Reamer also adds a discussion on potential conflicts between ethical standards and legal guidelines and a section defining statutory law, regulatory law, case law, and constitutional law. He expands his coverage of boundary issues and dual relationships and includes new material exploring the complexities of practitioner self-disclosure and the challenges of living and working within small and rural communities. Revised content and case materials include an investigation into the ethics of practitioner engagement with social justice and advocacy, as well as updates to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. Reamer compares NASW's ethics to those of other human service professions, and he pursues an in-depth analysis of the relevance of cultural difference to ethical dilemmas and decision making.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Preface1. Social Work Values and Ethics: An OverviewCore Issues in Social Work Values and EthicsThe Evolution of Social Work Values and EthicsDiscussion Questions2. Social Work ValuesThe Nature of Values in Social WorkSocial Work's Mission: Core Values in the ProfessionTypologies of Values in Social Work PracticeThe Influence of Social Work's ValuesCore Professional VirtuesReconciling Personal and Professional ValuesCultural and Religious ValuesThe Tension Between Free Will and DeterminismChallenging Social Work's ValuesFrom Values to ActionDiscussion Questions3. Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making: A FrameworkCodes of EthicsThe Current NASW Code of EthicsThe Resolution of Ethical DilemmasAn Overview of Ethical TheoryThe Process of Ethical Decision MakingDiscussion Questions4. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Clinical PracticeConfidentiality and PrivacySelf-determination and PaternalismDivided LoyaltiesProfessional Boundaries, Dual Relationships, and Conflicts of InterestEmerging Ethical Challenges: Social Media and Electronic CommunicationsProfessional and Personal ValuesDiscussion Questions5. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Macro PracticeThe Allocation of Limited ResourcesGovernment and Private-Sector Responsibility for Social WelfareCompliance with Regulations and LawsOrganizational EthicsResearch and EvaluationThe Use of DeceptionWhistle-blowingDiscussion Questions6. Malpractice and Unethical Conduct: Strategies for PreventionThe Adjudication of Social Workers: Ethics Complaints and LawsuitsConfidentiality and PrivacyInformed Consent, Delivery of Services, and Boundary ViolationsSupervision: Clients and StaffConsultation, Referral, and RecordsDeception and FraudTermination of ServicesThe Impaired Social WorkerConducting an Ethics AuditDiscussion QuestionsAfterword: A Future AgendaAppendix: NASW Code of EthicsReferencesIndex
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This sophisticated analysis of forms of malpractice and professional misconduct in both direct and indirect practice is richly illustrated by practice vignettes. This is a book to be studied by all social work students and seasoned practitioners.
An invaluable tool for the experienced professional and the social work student, providing clear guidelines for exploring and resolving the ethical issues of our time.