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Ethical Decision-Making in Social Work
Wade Robison and Linda Reeser

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Cases and theories
2. How to use this book
3. Structure of the book
4. Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 - Ethics in Social Work: Tracking Harms

Introduction
1. Difficult ethical cases

2. The method of tracking harms: working through a case

Chapter 2 - Reasons for acting

1. Self-interest and other reasons
2. Doing what is ethical
Questions

Chapter 3 - Clients

Introduction
1. Intervention and self-determination

2. Conflicts with self-determination
3. Relations with clients
4. Who is the client?
Questions

Chapter 4 - Relations among Social Workers

1. Difficulties among colleagues
2. Less than the ideal
3. Relations with other professionals
Questions

Chapter 5 - Agencies

1. Maintaining autonomy
2. Integrity and agency policies
3. Agency goals
4. Conflicts between agencies
Questions

Chapter 6 - Justice

1. Particular justice
2. Social justice
Questions

 

Cases

Chapter 1 - Introduction

1.1 The death of a baby
1.2 Dancing a legal dance
1.3 Doing what the judge orders
1.4 Adoptive children

Chapter 3 - Clients

3.1 Refusing help
3.2 Depressed and ready to die
3.3 Low-functioning parents
3.4 Lying to save a marriage
3.5 Friends and professional relations
3.6 Can you help me now?
3.7 Having sex
3.8 Gift for services
3.9 A social visit
3.10 Hurting oneself
3.11 Co-dependents
3.12 Automatic assignments
3.13 Caring for the family
3.14 Self-identity

Chapter 4 - Relations among social workers

4.1 Peers?
4.2 Family therapy
4.3 Relapsing
4.4 Bending over backwards
4.5 Value judgments
4.6 Rigidity
4.7 Harassment
4.8 Lying about salaries
4.9 Attention deficit disorder
4.10 First grader

Chapter 5 - Agencies

5.1 Skimming
5.2 Buying a friendship
5.3 A pacifist
5.4 Money or care?
5.5 Limited number of visits
5.6 Taking on more than it can chew
5.7 Agency misrepresentation
5.8 An adoption agency

Chapter 6 - Justice

6.1 Still waiting after all this time
6.2 The waiting list
6.3 Differing social circumstances

 





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