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Social Work 398: Integrative Seminar

by Susan Sarnoff
(2001-12-10)

Course Overview:

This course is designed to integrate all facets of the Social Work major during the final quarter of the final year in the program. All Social Work majors are in practicum three days per week during this year. The course meets twice each week for two hours.

Module Overview:

The ethics module will be offered during the third and fourth course meetings. This will permit the reiteration of the material during the remaining course sessions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • to understand major ethical theories and their contributions to applied ethics;

  • to understand the conflicts among ethical theories and applications;

  • to understand how to apply social work ethics to professional decision-making;

  • to understand how to resolve ethical dilemmas.

SESSION 1

Ethical Theories

  • Aristotelian

  • Utilitarian

  • Deontological

  • Feminist

Applied Ethics

  • medical;

  • journalistic;

  • business;

  • social work/other mental health.

Development of the NASW Code of Ethics

  • history

  • conflicts with theories, state laws, ethics of other professions

Reading

  • Freeman, Stephen J. Ethics: An Introduction to Philosophy and Practice. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2000, 29-126.

Assignment

Go to the National Association of Social Workers website: <http://www.naswdc.org/>. Locate the Code of Ethics and save on disc or print a hard copy. Then go to the Association of Social Work Boards website:<http://www.aswb.org/>. Locate your state’s licensing board rules and save on disc or print a hard copy. Write a brief (2 page) paper noting differences between the Code of Ethics and your state licensing rules.

SESSION 2

Introduce with Case # 9 from National Association of Social Workers. Current Controversies in Social Work Ethics: Case Examples. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers Press, 1998.

Ethical Dilemmas

Reamer hierarchy in Loewenberg, Frank, Ralph Dolgoff and Donna Harrington, Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice, sixth edition. Itasca, IL: F. E. Peacock, 2000. (See attachment)

Ethical Decision-Making Formats

Mattison, Marian. “Ethical Decision Making: The Person in the Process,” Social Work, 45, 3, May 2000, 201-212. (See Attachment)

Applications of Ethics in Social Work

  • research

  • advocacy

  • private practice

Discussion

Case # 72 from National Association of Social Workers. Current Controversies in Social Work Ethics: Case Examples.Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers Press, 1998.

Invite students to discuss ethical dilemmas they have faced in their practica.

If time, discuss Case # 42 from National Association of Social Workers. Current Controversies in Social Work Ethics: Case Examples. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers Press, 1998.

Reading

Coleman, Mirean. “Telecommunications and the Clinical Social Worker,” NASW Practice Update, June 2000.

Mattison, Marian. “Ethical Decision Making: The Person in the Process,” Social Work, 45, 3, May 2000, 201-212.

Rock, Barry and Elaine Congress. “The New Confidentiality for the 21st Century in a Managed Care Environment,” Social Work, May 1999, 253-262. [electronic reserve]

Strasburger, Larry, Thomas Gutheil and Archie Brodsky. “On Wearing Two Hats: Role Conflict in Serving as Both Psychotherapist and Expert Witness,” American Journal of Psychiatry, 154, 1997, 448-456.

Assignment

Read Case # 25 from National Association of Social Workers. Current Controversies in Social Work Ethics: Case Examples. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers Press, 1998. Write a brief (2 page) paper identifying:

  • the ethical conflicts in the case;

  • whether you agree with how the social worker in the case study resolved the conflict;

  • how you would resolve the conflict;

  • the decision-making strategy you used to resolve the conflict.

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