1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

Edited By Stephen Marson, Jr. McKinney Copyright 2019
    448 Pages
    by Routledge

    448 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values is a comprehensive exploration and assessment of current and future issues facing social work practice and education. It is the first book to codify ethical practices for social workers from across the globe and in myriad workplace settings.

    Each section meaningfully captures this complex subject area:

    • ethics writ large

    • visions of diverse values

    • abortion

    • relationship and gender issues

    • micro and mezzo practice settings

    • social work education

    • technological issues

    • spirituality

    • globalism

    • economic issues

    • special topics

    Leaving no stone unturned, this handbook comprehensively addresses the most controversial topics in an evenhanded manner. Among professional social workers, values and ethics traverse political boundaries, cultural identifications, and languages. This handbook will help to make sense of this unity within diversity.

    With contributions from the world’s leading scholars, this book will be a valuable resource for all social work students, academics, researchers, and practitioners who seek a coherent and objective analysis in the abstract arena of ethics and values.


    Stephen M. Marson was educated at the North Carolina State University (PhD) with his minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in social work, The Ohio State University (MSW), and Ohio Dominican University (BA). After 40 years, he retired from his professorship at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is now a Professor Emeritus. He has published and presented numerous papers in the area of social work values and ethics and is the founder and editor of The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

    Robert E. McKinney, Jr. was educated at The University of Alabama (PhD, MSW) and at Mississippi State University (BA, philosophy). He is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences and School of Social Work. He teaches learners from myriad health care disciplines about ethical behaviors and the social determinants of health in an interprofessional educational residency setting at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency – Tuscaloosa Campus. He is a clinical social worker and registered yoga therapist.

    'This impressive volume provides an excellent illustration of how social work values and ethics demand clarity regarding both relevant questions and sensible solutions. In advocating for lucidity of thought and inquiry, this book is a valuable resource for those wishing to engage in thinking about and practicing social work in a variety of settings'. - Daniel Pollack, Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York City

    'Stephen Marson and Robert McKinney have compiled the most comprehensive resource on social work values and ethics available. With a cadre of diverse experts and authors, this book contains a wealth of information and guidance for both neophyte and experienced practitioners. It is a remarkable and timely undertaking.' Grafton H. Hull, Jr. EdD., Professor Emeritus, University of Utah College of Social Work

    'Marson and McKinney have pulled together a thorough anthology of essays and research articles about ethics in social work and the principles that should guide our professional work. There is nothing more important in professional education than teaching students how to confront ethical issues and to solve ethical problems while maintaining the dignity of all persons. We sometimes give ethics short shrift, but this collection of work from these world-wide authors helps us understand the range of moral and ethical problems we face In practice as well as the means by which we are able to ethically mitigate the human suffering that abounds in our world.' - Kay Seeley Hoffman PhD, University of Kentucky, Professor Emeritus

    'I congratulate the editors of this volume for seeking out a range of reasoned views on the contentious subject of abortion. Most social workers will, at one time or another, encounter clients with strongly pro-life convictions. This volume will surely stimulate a rigorous discussion of this important topic, and the social work professi