1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

ISBN 9781138343931
Published June 12, 2019 by Routledge
422 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $245.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; List of contributors; 1 A historical foundation to social work values and ethics Stephen M. Marson and Robert McKinney; SECTION I Ethics Writ Large; 2 International Analysis of Human Rights and Social Work Ethics; Annie J. Keeney, Abdulaziz Albrithen, Shannon Harrison, Linda Briskman and David Androff; 3 Ethical Theories and Social Work Practice; Frederic G. Reamer; 4 Then and Now: The History and Development of Social Work Ethics; Terricka Hardy; 5 An Integrated Principle-Based Approach of International Social Work Ethical Principles and Servant Leadership Principles ; Sandra R. Williamson-Ashe and Charles M. S. Birore; 6 Social Worker Self-Care: An Ethical Responsibility; Dorothy S. Greene and Karen Cummings-Lilly; 7 The Test of a Good Conscience; John Solas; 8 Narrative Ethics in Social Work Practice; Allan Barsky; 9 How a Relational Approach to Practice Can Encourage Social Work to Return to Its Ethical Endeavour; Elizabeth C Reimer and Lester J Thompson; 10 Ethical Action in Challenging Times; Kim Strom-Gottfried; SECTION II Visions of Diverse Values; 11 Social work ethics and values within the context of South African social work education and practice; Sue Cook; 12 Barriers to the Designing a Code of Ethics for Social Workers in the Arab Society; Fakir Al Gharaibeh; 13 Disability Ethics: A Confluence of Human and Distributive Rights; Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen Gilson ; SECTION III; Abortion; 14 Self-Determination and Abortion Access: A Pro-Choice Perspective on the International Statement of Ethical Principles; Heather Witt, Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, Carly Franklin, and Maha Younes; 15 Preventing and Ending Abortion: The Role of Social Workers in Protecting Unborn Children; William C. Rainford, Bruce Thyer; 16 Mercy or Murder: Social Work and Ambivalence over Abortion; Mary S. Sheridan; SECTION IV; Relationship and Gender Issues; 17 Advocating for Self-Determination, Arriving at Safety: How Social Workers Can Address Ethical Dilemmas in Domestic Violence; Amber Sutton; 18 Social Work Clinical Practice and Intimate Partner Violence: A Systems Approach to Help Reverse the Macro (Epidemic) and Individual Effects of Violence; Maria Taylor; 19 The Legal and Ethical Consequences of Human Trafficking; Michelle Sunkel; SECTION V Micro Practice Settings; 20 Social Work Ethics and Values in Criminal Justice Practice; Kathi R. Trawver, Kelli E. Canada and Stacey Barrenger; 21 Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in Social Work: A Global Perspective; Frederic G. Reamer; 22 Social Worker’s Dilemma in Patients' Rights on End-of-Life Care and Decision Making under the New Act in South Korea; Sooyoun K Han; 23 An Effective Theoretical Approach to Ethical Problem Solving in Cross-Cultural Social Work;  Valerie Bryan, Laura Kaplan, Scott Sanders, Stephen Young and Paul Mwangosi; SECTION VI Mezzo Practice Settings; 24 Ethics and Values in Social Groupwork; Mark Doel; 25 Ethical challenges in group work: Potential perils and preventive practices; Mary Banach; SECTION VII Macro Practice Settings; 26 The Ethical Geography of Macro Practice: Human Rights to Utilitarianism; Ogden Rogers; 27 Ethical Dilemmas when Working with Extreme Right-winged Youth Cultures in Germany; Stefan Borrmann; 28 Towards a response-able social work: Diffracting care through justice; Vivienne Bozalek; SECTION VIII Social Work Education; 29 Μoral Courage and Moral Distress in Social Work Education and Practice: A Literature Review; Eleni Papouli; 30 Disagreement about Ethics and Values in Practice: Using Vignettes to Study Social Work Attitudes and Judgements; Morten Ejrnæs and Merete Monrad; 31 Ethical Study Abroad: Good Intentions Aren’t Enough; Melody Aye Loya and Katherine Peters; SECTION IX; Technological Issues; 32 Ethical Social Work Practice in the Technological Era; Jim Gough and Elaine Spencer; 33 Social Work and Human Services Leadership in the New Genomic Era; Kelley Reinsmith-Jones; 34 Navigating Social and Digital Media for Ethical and Professional Social Work Practice; Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Melanie Sage and Nancy J. Smyth; 35 Cross-border Social Work Practice and Ethics in a Digital Age; Aloha VanCamp, Martin Leever and G. Brent Angell; 36 Data Justice: An Ethical Imperative for Policy and Community Practice; John G. McNutt; SECTION X Spirituality; 37 Ethical decision-making model: an Islamic perspective ; Nada Eltaiba; 38 Social Work Ethics and Values: An Arabic-Islamic perspective; Abdulaziz Albrithen; 39 The Pope Francis’ philosophy and the social work values; Silvana Martínez and Juan Agüero; SECTION XI Globalism; 40 Essential Ethics Knowledge in Social Work: A Global Perspective; Frederic G. Reamer; 41 Welcoming the Stranger: The Ethics of Policy and Practice with Migrant and Refugee Populations; Susan Schmidt; 42 From the welfare state to welfare markets: Organisation and Management of UK Social Work/ Social Care; Stephanie Petrie; 43 Trading the Hard Road: Social Work Ethics and the Politicization of Food Distribution in Zimbabwe; Edmos Mtetwa ; 44 The Ethics of Social Work and Its Professionalization: The Italian Case; Annamaria Campanini and Carlo Soregotti; 45 The ethical question in the Argentine social work; Silvana Martínez and Juan Agüero; SECTION XI; Economic Issues; 46 Ethical Decision-Making in the Age of Austerity in the UK; Andrew Wills; 47 Ethical Limitations of Privatization within Social Work and Social Care in England and Wales; Malcolm Carey; SECTION XII; Special Topics; 48 Unconscious Awareness: The Implicit and Oppressive Ethical Context of Bilingual Social Work Practice; Pablo Arriaza; 49 Inter-professional Ethics: Working in the Cross-Disciplinary Moral and Practice Space; Donna McAuliffe; 50 Social Work Practice and Bullying in the Workplace; Jim Gough; 51 Ethics in the End; Robert E. McKinney and Stephen M. Marson; Index

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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 profession will be the better for it.' - Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., Founder and President of The Ruth Institute