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.
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.
Preface 1. Social Work Values and Ethics: An Overview Core Issues in Social Work Values and Ethics The Evolution of Social Work Values and Ethics Discussion Questions 2. Social Work Values The Nature of Values in Social Work Social Work's Mission: Core Values in the Profession Typologies of Values in Social Work Practice The Influence of Social Work's Values Core Professional Virtues Reconciling Personal and Professional Values Cultural and Religious Values The Tension Between Free Will and Determinism Challenging Social Work's Values From Values to Action Discussion Questions 3. Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making: A Framework Codes of Ethics The Current NASW Code of Ethics The Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas An Overview of Ethical Theory The Process of Ethical Decision Making Discussion Questions 4. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Clinical Practice Confidentiality and Privacy Self-determination and Paternalism Divided Loyalties Professional Boundaries, Dual Relationships, and Conflicts of Interest Emerging Ethical Challenges: Social Media and Electronic Communications Professional and Personal Values Discussion Questions 5. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Macro Practice The Allocation of Limited Resources Government and Private-Sector Responsibility for Social Welfare Compliance with Regulations and Laws Organizational Ethics Research and Evaluation The Use of Deception Whistle-blowing Discussion Questions 6. Malpractice and Unethical Conduct: Strategies for Prevention The Adjudication of Social Workers: Ethics Complaints and Lawsuits Confidentiality and Privacy Informed Consent, Delivery of Services, and Boundary Violations Supervision: Clients and Staff Consultation, Referral, and Records Deception and Fraud Termination of Services The Impaired Social Worker Conducting an Ethics Audit Discussion Questions Afterword: A Future Agenda Appendix: NASW Code of Ethics References Index