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Straight Talk About Professional Ethics, Second Edition

Kim Strom-Gottfried

Publication Date - August 2014

ISBN: 9780190615475

272 pages
5.8 x 8.8 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $69.99


How does one make the right choices when faced with ethical dilemmas? Social service professionals use a unique set of principles to guide their decisions within a broad and complex array of situations. Straight Talk about Professional Ethics, Second Edition provides readers with the guidelines that will help them make decisions in a manner that is clinically and ethically effective. This book explains the seven core concepts that guide ethical practice in the helping professions: self-determination, informed consent, competence, confidentiality and privacy, attention to conflicts of interest, maintenance of professional boundaries, and professionalism and integrity. Developing a commitment to the ethics of a profession and an understanding of how those ethics apply to commonly occurring workplace situations is a major element of professional preparation.


  • Case examples of dilemmas drawn from various practice settings and professional roles
  • Framework for examining, evaluating, and addressing ethical dilemmas
  • In-depth look at the various areas of ethics
  • Practical guidance and sound resources
  • A discussion of what it means to be ethical

About the Author(s)

Kim Strom-Gottfried (PhD, Case Western Reserve University; MSW, Adelphi University) is the Smith P. Theimann Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Professor Strom-Gottfried teaches in the areas of direct practice, communities and organizations, and human resource management. Her practice experience in the nonprofit and public sectors focuses on suicide prevention, intervention, and bereavement. Her scholarly interests involve ethics, moral courage, and social work education, and she is active in training, consultation, and research on ethics and social work practice. She has written numerous articles, monographs, and chapters on the ethics of practice.

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Second Edition
    Part I The Groundwork for Ethical Practice
    Chapter 1. On Ethics and Ethical Behavior
    Chapter 2. Ethical Decision Making
    Part II Applying Standards for Ethical Practice
    Chapter 3. Self-Determination
    Chapter 4. Informed Consent
    Chapter 5. Conflicts of Interest
    Chapter 6. Professional Boundaries
    Chapter 7. Confidentiality
    Chapter 8. Competence
    Chapter 9. Professionalism and Integrity
    Chapter 10. Nondiscrimination and Cultural Competence
    Ethical Habits