Higher Education

Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice, 9th Edition

  • Ralph Dolgoff University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Donna Harrington University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Frank M. Loewenberg Emeritus, Bar-Ilan University
  • ISBN-10: 0840034105  |  ISBN-13: 9780840034106
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.25

About

Overview

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

1. Ethical Choices in the Helping Professions.
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?

What's New

  • 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.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Text + Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 111199496X  | ISBN-13: 9781111994969

List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $130.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.26

This Bundle Includes:

  • Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice
    List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $130.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.25
  • Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Printed Access Card
    List Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00


Bundle: Text + Practice Behaviors Workbook

ISBN-10:  1111688656  | ISBN-13:  9781111688653

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This Bundle Includes:

  • Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice
    List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $130.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.25
  • Practice Behaviors Workbook
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Bundle: Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice, 9th + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Kirst-Ashman's Understanding Generalist Practice, 7th + MindTap® Counseling, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card for Cormier/Nurius/Osborn's Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers, 8th

ISBN-10:  1337551430 | ISBN-13:  9781337551434

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  • CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
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  • Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice
    List Price = $130.95  | CengageBrain Price = $130.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $98.25
  • MindTap® Counseling, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
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Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0840051697 | ISBN-13: 9780840051691)

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  (ISBN-10: 0840056354 | ISBN-13: 9780840056351)

Instructor’s Manual for Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice provides instructors with chapter outlines and other valuable tools.

Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1111771936 | ISBN-13: 9781111771935)

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.

List Price = $45.95  | CengageBrain Price = $45.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.50

Student Supplements

Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1111771936 | ISBN-13: 9781111771935)

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.

List Price = $45.95  | CengageBrain Price = $45.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ralph Dolgoff

Ralph Dolgoff is a professor and has served as dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, as associate dean and acting dean at Adelphi University, and as senior program specialist at the CSWE. He is co-author of UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL WELFARE: A SEARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, Seventh Edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2007), and is author of AN INTRODUCTION TO SUPERVISORY PRACTICE IN HUMAN SERVICES (Pearson, 2005).

Donna Harrington

Donna Harrington is professor and doctoral program director at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her research focuses on child welfare and child maltreatment.

Frank M. Loewenberg

Frank M. Loewenberg is professor emeritus and former director of the School of Social Work of Bar-Ilan University. He is the author of FROM CHARITY TO SOCIAL JUSTICE (Transaction Books, 2001) and recently edited FIFTY YEARS OF SOCIAL WORK IN ISRAEL: MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF A CHANGING SOCIETY (Jerusalem Magnes Press, 1998). He was a contributor to the INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOCIAL POLICY (Routledge, 2004).