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. Eth3338 - section 2: best practice models of ethical decision making this course will now present a number of ethical decision making models, covering current and best practices strategies from the social work and counseling arenas, as well as from the private business sector. The other vital ingredient for ethical decision making is the social dimension when faced with difficult choices, human beings tend to make better decisions when they work these through with others who can both support the three-dimensional process and challenge our natural biases and prejudices. Mental heath in the schools: ethical challenges for school social workers sue martin, licsw, c-ssws ethical decision making in school social work 1.
Social workers have an obligation to conduct themselves ethically and to engage in ethical decision - making social workers are knowledgeable about the value base of the profession, its ethical standards. Journal of social work values & ethics, spring 2014, vol 11, no 1 - page 69 decision-making and the subsequent changes the program faculty made implementing the model in. Social responsibility is an ethical theory, in which individuals are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society in this way, there must be a balance between economic growth and the welfare of society and the environment. The importance of values and culture in ethical decision making authored by: christine chmielewski 2004 ethical standards are the standards of our environment that are acceptable to most people.
In recent years, social workers have refined their approach to ethical decision making although many practitioners completed their formal education at a time when content on ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making was not a prominent component in the social work education curriculum, continuing education on the subject is now common. Objective 2—―apply an ethical decision making process to a more complex social work practice dilemma‖—reflects application , or the ability to use learned materials in new and concrete situations. The jswve examines the ethical and values issues that impact and are interwoven with social work practice, research, and theory development jswve addresses ethical and value issues that encompass the full range of social problems and issues that social workers encounter.
1 determine whether there is an ethical issue or/and dilemma is there a conflict of values, or rights, or professional responsibilities (for example, there may be an issue of self-determination of an adolescent versus the well-being of the family. Ethical decision-making is an integral part of social work practice on a daily basis, social workers are faced with ethical dilemmas that require thoughtful reflection and critical thinking. Making good ethical decisions requires a trained sensitivity to ethical issues and a practiced method for exploring the ethical aspects of a decision and weighing the considerations that should impact our choice of a course of action. Code of ethics and apply it in ethical decision-making, though walden et al (1990) were concerned that social workers often make quick decisions without much attention to the code of ethics.
The national association of social workers (nasw) code of ethics is a set of guiding principles to assist social workers in making decisions in the best interests of their clients, even if they might contradict what we might do in our personal lives. Social work students become familiar with the code of ethics, learn one of the various models on ethical decision making (congress, 1999 dolgoff, loewenberg, & harrington, 2009 reamer, 1995) and, at some point in their education, are typically required to write a paper on an ethical dilemma. In view of the findings, the need for more thorough knowledge of a variety of ethical theories and their potential role in ethical decision making in social work practice and education are discussed keywords: ethical theories , ethical dilemmas , ethical argumentation , ethical decision‐making , ethical principles.
Particularly on argumentation in ethical decision making (see osmo & landau, 2001) although there are a number of models of ethical decision making in social work. Ethical decision making our experiences and values influence ethical decision-making that's why it's important for social workers to seriously consider the perspectives of those they work with, the environments they are working in and the influence of the dominant narrative. Examined were both the ethical and extraethical elements that bear upon the ethical decision-making processes of social workers practicing in agency settings literature was reviewed from the fields of organizational theory, power, ethics, and social work ethics and a qualitative research tool was developed. Finally the code of ethics also provides guidance for ethical decision making please take some time to read these guidelines and some of the common dilemmas that we as social workers can face in practice.
Social work practice, social workers need to be aware of the unique challenges that may arise in relation to the maintenance of confidentiality, informed consent, professional boundaries, professional competence, record keeping, and other ethical considerations. Wade robison and linda reeser ethical decision-making in social work table of contents preface 1 cases and theories 2 how to use this book 3 structure of the book. This case example is presented to stimulate interest in the subject of ethical decision making and is designed to encourage students and new social workers to discuss and debate ethical dilemmas with peers and colleagues.