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The Ethics of Practice With Minors

High Stakes, Hard Choices

Kim Strom-Gottfried

Publication Date - 01 July 2008

ISBN: 9780190615963

230 pages

In Stock


Professionals who serve children address serious human needs in complex clinical, ethical, and political circumstances. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, and self-determination become more complicated when clients' rights and choices are constrained by their age and maturity and by legal and parental prerogatives. With these issues in mind, the author introduces memorable frameworks for approaching ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making and uses the frameworks to analyze cases from an array of youth-service settings. The author's conversational style allows the reader to make sense of these complex topics. The Ethics of Practice with Minors is a valuable and practical resource for anyone working with children.


  • Diverse case examples, including case solutions, make the content more tangible
  • Coverage of diverse roles, settings, and activities makes the text applicable to a variety of situations
  • Recognizes the intersection of clinical and ethical decision making
  • Writing style is clear and straightforward
  • Consistent, easy to follow organization

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. Her scholarly interests involve ethics, moral courage, and social work education. Strom-Gottfried is the author Straight Talk About Professional Ethics.

Table of Contents

    About the Author
    1 Understanding Ethics
    2 Ethical and Clinical Decision Making
    3 Understanding Minor Clients
    4 Understanding the Systems That Serve Children
    5 Short-Term vs. Long-Term Dilemmas
    6 Justice vs. Mercy Dilemmas
    7 Truth vs. Loyalty Dilemmas
    8 Individual-vs.-Community Dilemmas
    9 Hard Truths

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