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Ethics and Values in Social Work

An Integrated Approach for a Comprehensive Curriculum

Second Edition

Allan Edward Barsky

Publication Date - 26 March 2019

ISBN: 9780190678111

576 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock


Social work ethics provide practitioners with guidance on how to promote social work values such as respect, social justice, human relationships, service, competence, and integrity. Students entering the profession need to develop a real-world understanding of how to apply these values in practice while also managing the dilemmas that arise when social workers, clients, and others encounter conflicting values and ethical obligations. Ethics and Values in Social Work offers a comprehensive set of teaching and learning materials to help students develop the knowledge, self-awareness, and critical thinking skills required to handle values and ethical issues in all levels of practice--individual, family, group, organization, community, and social policy. BSW and MSW students will particularly appreciate how complex ethical obligations and theories have been translated into plain language. Additionally, the comprehensive set of case examples and exercises provides realistic scenarios to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills across a range of practice situations.

New to this Edition

  • Includes two entirely new chapters ("International Social Work, Values, and Ethics" and "Private Clinical Social Work Practice, Values, and Ethics")
  • Covers updates regarding new laws and ethical practice standards, including the revised NASW Code of Ethics (featuring additional standards on the use of technology in social work practice and a major revision on exceptions to confidentiality)
  • Shares additional material on narrative ethics, virtue ethics, and ethics of care (which assists with the relational and emotional aspects of managing ethical issues)
  • Features new case studies, discussion questions, and exercises reflecting current and emerging ethical issues (e.g., duties to protect in relation to clients who may be affiliated with terrorist organizations; videoconferencing, social robots, electronic records, apps, and other technology in practice; interprofessional practice; and international practice issues)


  • Provides a range of tools and strategies for identifying, analyzing, and responding to ethical problems, dilemmas, and breaches

About the Author(s)

Allan Edward Barsky, PhD, JD, MSW, is Professor in the Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Barsky publishes a regular column entitled "Ethics Alive!" in The New Social Worker, available at http://www.socialworker.com/topics/allan barsky.


"An invaluable resource for all readers, students, educastors and practitioners of social work" -- Smaranda Witec, European Journal of Social Work

"Are you looking for a comprehensive book on social work ethics? One with lots of interesting and challenging ethical dilemmas? One that provides guidance for BSW as well as MSW students? Or one that accelerates ethical acculturation? You would do well to consider Ethics and Values in Social Work by Alan Edward Barsky." -- The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work

"An authoritative text, this book will help students develop the knowledge, self-awareness, and critical thinking skills needed to address complex thical obligations and issues. The examination of new and emerging ethical challenges will test the problemsolving skills of seasoned social workers." -- Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Table of Contents

    About the Author

    Part I. Foundations of Values and Ethics
    Chapter 1. Values--Mine, Theirs, and Ours
    Chapter 2. Theory, Values, and Ethics--Macro Perspectives
    Chapter 3. Theory, Moral Decision-Making, and Ethics--Micro Perspectives
    Chapter 4. Research, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 5. Practice, Values, and Ethics--Social Work with Individuals
    Chapter 6. Practice, Values, and Ethics--Social Work with Families
    Chapter 7. Practice, Values, and Ethics--Social Work with Groups
    Chapter 8. Practice, Values, and Ethics--Social Work with Organizations
    Chapter 9. Practice, Values, and Ethics--Social Work with Communities
    Chapter 10. Policy, Values, and Ethics

    Part II. Advanced Values and Ethics
    Chapter 11. Supervision, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 12. Administration, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 13. Psychopathology, Mental Health, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 14. Child Welfare, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 15. Criminal Justice, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 16. Elders, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 17. International Social Work, Values, and Ethics
    Chapter 18. Private Clinical Social Work Practice, Values, and Ethics

    Appendix: Worksheet for Managing Ethical Issues