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Table of Contents
Introduction: Elements of Ethical Decision-Making.
Defining The Ethical Problem.
From Theories to Principles.
Using The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.
Client Values, Societal Values, Personal Values.
Defining Options, Arriving At a Resolution.
1. NASW Ethical Standard One: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Clients.
Case Study 1-1: Protecting the Best Interests of a Minor, Elena Glekas, MSW.
Case Study 1-2: When the “Best Interests of Client” Harms a Third Party, Karen E. Altenberg, MSW.
Case Study 1-3: When Living Feels Like Dying: Ethical Decision Making with a Depressed Dialysis Patient, Mary A. Kardauskas, MSW.
Case Study 1-4: Reading the Future: When “Best Interest” Must Last Twenty Years, Amy Craig-Van Grack, MSW.
Case Study 1-5: In the Client's Interest: Self Determination and Mental Retardation, Jose Carlos Vera.
Case Study 1-6: The Adoption Records Controversy: Three Primary Clients Whose Interests May Conflict, Sarah M. Russell.
Case Study 1-7: Believing a Disturbed Child: Abused or Confused, Shahla R. Adam, MSW.
2. NASW Ethical Standard Two: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues.
Case Study 2-1: Share and Share Alike: A Dilemma in Professional Educational Development, Karen A. Wilson, MSW.
Case Study 2-2: Colleague Misconduct: What's an Intern to Do? Jeanine Castilho da Silva, MSW.
Case Study 2-3: When a Colleague “Defines” Policy–and You Don't Agree! Linda Lopez, MSW.
3. NASW Ethical Standard Three: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Practice Settings.
Case Study 3-1: Can Limitation of Informed Consent by an Agency Ever Be Justified? Diane Inselburg Spirer, MSW, M.S.
Case Study 3-2: Computerized Record Keeping: Agency Efficiency vs. Client Privacy, Aimee H. Mclain, MSW.
Case Study 3-3: Meeting the Needs of Immigrants: Must Acculturation Be a Condition of Agency Service? Thomas W. Gray, Ph.D.
Case Study 3-4: Confidentiality in a Special School Setting: What is the Student's Best Interest? Patricia DeJesus, MSW.
Case Study 3-5: An Employee Assistance Counselor's Dilemma, Mel Hall-Crawford, MSW.
Case Study 3-6: Group Therapy: Client Needs and Fiscal Viability, Tom Bertone, MSW, CSC.
4. NASW Ethical Standard Four: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities As Professionals.
Case Study 4-1: When a Client Threatens Suicide: Client Autonomy and Professional Obligation, Gigi Stowe, MSW.
Case Study 4-2: “Now that You're Leaving, Why Can't We Just Be Friends?,” Joanna P. Martin, MSW.
Case Study 4-3: The Professional in Peer Support Groups: Where Do We Fit In? Mickey J. Smith, MSW, CAC.
Case Study 4-4: Fidelity to a Client Unable To Communicate, Marian D. Kaufman, MSW.
5. NASW Ethical Standard Five: Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities to the Social Work Profession.
Case Study 5-1: “My Clients Are in a Hurry!” Professional Integrity versus Client Self Determination, Shereen Rubenstein, MSW.
Case Study 5-2: Rape: When Professional Values Place Vulnerable Clients at Risk, Eileen Dombo, MSW.
Case Study 5-3: When Client Self Determination Places an Unborn Child at Risk, Patricia Y. Braun, MSW.
Case Study 5-4: “Discharge Her to A Hospice Now!”–A Conflict of Professional Loyalties, Josephine K. Bulkley, J.D.
6. NASW Ethical Standard Six: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibility to the Broader Society.
Case Study 6-1:HIV: The Confidentiality/ Duty to Warn Dilemma, Robin E. Rolley, J.D., MSW.
Case Study 6-2: Dealing Drugs; Can Confidentiality Ever Be Justified? Julie B. Goodale, MSW.
Case Study 6-3: Limiting Self-Protection for Vulnerable Clients: An Acceptable Risk for the Protection of Society? Stephen Hardstack, MSW.
Case Study 6-4: Out-patient Commitment: Must Mental Illness Preclude Civil Liberty? Kimberly Platt, MSW.
Case Study 6-5: Genetic Research: For the Good of this Subject or for (Future) Society? Daniel W. Wilson.
Case Study 6-6: A Commitment to Social Justice: Social Work and Immigration Policy, M. Thérèse Jones, MSW.
7. It's Your Turn–Ethics Cases for Practice.
Appendix: The Code of Ethics of The National Association of Social Workers (Revised 1996).