Social Work Values and Ethics

fourth edition

Frederic G. Reamer

Columbia University Press

Social Work Values and Ethics

Pub Date: July 2013

ISBN: 9780231161893

352 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: July 2013

ISBN: 9780231161886

352 Pages

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Pub Date: July 2013

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352 Pages

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Social Work Values and Ethics

fourth edition

Frederic G. Reamer

Columbia University Press

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 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. Dominic Sisti, University of Pennsylvania
A very clear and practical book for social worker practitioners in North America and beyond for reference on ethical decision-making. China Journal of Social Work
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

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.