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Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, this ninth edition integrates the core competencies and practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).This classic text helps students recognize ethical issues and dilemmas, reason carefully about ethical issues, clarify their ethical aspirations at the level demanded by the profession, and achieve a more ethical stance in their practice. It places ethical decision making within the context of professional ethics and provides useful guidelines, including two ethical screens to help social work practitioners identify priorities among competing ethical obligations. Developed specifically for social workers, it features numerous case-like exemplars based on real-world practice, drawn from a variety of social work settings. This comprehensive and uniquely focused text is equally effective as a core resource for social work ethics courses, or as a valuable supplement within introductory, practice, or practicum courses.
- New! Information regarding the NASW Code of Ethics has been updated and used throughout the edition, including increased attention to cultural competence and social diversity.
- New! Substantially more international content has been added, including websites for various international organizations and rights covenants.
- New! Chapter Three has a greatly expanded discussion of several contemporary approaches to ethics, including Caring, Feminist, and Virtue ethics; as well as new sections on Confucian, Hindu, Post-modern, and Proportionist ethics.
- New! Chapter Four has expanded discussion of the social control role in social work; the ethical principles screen has been updated to include social justice, and we have added research on variation in individual hierarchies of ethical principles.
- New! Social justice has been given more emphasis throughout the book, especially in chapters 4 and 9.
- New! As part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the text now includes explicit call-outs to the CSWE 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
- Additional sections give greater emphasis to important current topics for today’s professionals, including spirituality; whistle blowing and advocacy; macro social work practice; social justice; discrimination regarding sexual orientation; and violence and practitioners.
- The text guides students through the process of ethical decision making by helping them recognize ethical issues and reason through the process.
- Case studies enable students to view and apply the various situations they will encounter in their caseloads as social workers.
- Ethical Decision Screens help students consider all the ethical implications of a case.
- End-of-chapter exercises provide students with the opportunity to practice and apply concepts presented in the text.
- A new pre-test assesses familiarity with the Code of Ethics and key ethical concepts, while the final chapter addresses participation in interdisciplinary teams and power differentials among different professions. From start to finish, the text reflects a keen awareness of practical considerations for social work professionals.
- Extensive new material on ethical theories includes information on the latest trends and thinking and exploration of several theories in greater depth, including the ethics of caring, feminist ethics, and virtue ethics.
- The new edition devotes greater attention to macro issues and advocacy through increased emphasis on the last two sections of the code of ethics: social workers’ ethical responsibilities to the social work profession and social workers’ ethical responsibilities to the broader society.
2. Values and Professional Ethics.
3. Guidelines for Ethical Decision Making.
4. Guidelines for Ethical Decision Making.
5. Client Rights and Professional Expertise.
6. Value Neutrality and Imposing Values.
7. The Professional Relationship: Limits, Dilemmas, and Problems.
8. Confidentiality and Informed Consent.
9. Social Justice, Limited Resources, and Advocacy.
10. Organizational and Work Relationships.
11. Social Work With Selected Client Groups.
12. Changing World, Changing Dilemmas.
13. Whose Responsibility Are Professional Ethics?
Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.
Online Test Bank
The Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank includes chapter outlines, detailed narratives, and test items. The complete supplement is available via email and on the Instructor Resource Website. Contact your sales representative or the Academic Resource Center at 1-800-423-0563.
Online Instructor's Manual
Instructor’s Manual for Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice provides instructors with chapter outlines and other valuable tools.
Practice Behaviors Workbook
This new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages students to begin developing their skills with social work practice behaviors through Case-Based Exercises, Short Answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class. Each exercise is linked to specific practice behaviors, and each chapter is followed by an assessment rubric to be completed by the student, a peer evaluator, or the instructor to foster accountability.
Practice Behaviors Workbook
This new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages students to begin developing their skills with social work practice behaviors through Case-Based Exercises, Short Answer ethical questions, critical thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class. Each exercise is linked to specific practice behaviors, and each chapter is followed by an assessment rubric to be completed by the student, a peer evaluator, or the instructor to foster accountability.