Social Work Values and Ethics

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Columbia University Press, 2006 - Philosophy - 240 pages
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This is the leading introduction 200to professional values and ethics in social work. Frederic G. Reamer provides social workers with a succinct 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.

For the third edition, Reamer has updated the content and strengthened the relevance of the case material. Also new to the third edition:

o Discussion of the moral dialogue between practitioner and cliento Coverage of virtue ethicso Practical discussion of concepts underlying social work ethicso Expanded application of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics to ethical dilemmas in the professiono A look at the historical evolution of ethical standards in social worko New vignettes, illustrating difficult ethical decisionso More guidance on informed consent and termination of serviceso Discussion questions at the end of each chaptero A section on how to conduct a social work ethics audit

 

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Contents

Social Work Values and Ethics An Overview
1
Social Work Values
11
Ethical Dilemma and Decision Making A Framework
43
Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Direct Practice
87
Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Indirect
123
Ethics Risk Management and Ethical Misconduct
155
Afterword
189
References
195
NASW Code of Ethics
209
Index
229
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About the author (2006)

Frederic G. Reamer is professor of social work at Rhode Island College and is the author of numerous books on social work and crime, including Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences and The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work.

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