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Ethical Standards in Social Work, Revised 3rd Edition
A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics
Frederic G. Reamer
ISBN: 978-0-87101-594-5. 2023. Item #5945. 336 pages.
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Ethical Standards in Social Work is a practical guide designed to help social workers protect clients, make sound ethical decisions, and minimize the risk of professional malpractice and disciplinary action. The revised third edition reflects the 2021 updates of the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, which provides social workers with a comprehensive summary and analysis of ethical standards in the profession and an explicit statement of the profession’s principal mission and core values. Ethical Standards in Social Work now includes extensive discussion of new and updated ethics standards, especially pertaining to cultural competence and social workers’ self-care.

Special features:

  • Essential ethics content that is a required element in social work education programs

  • Extensive application of the Code of Ethics to case examples

  • Evolution of ethical issues in the social work profession

  • Relevant curriculum content in the areas of clinical practice; social policy; social work administration; community practice; research and evaluation; and cultural, ethnic, and social diversity

  • Cutting-edge content on ethical challenges associated with social workers’ use of digital and other technology

  • An appendix of challenging ethics cases


Chapter 1: Ethical Standards in Social Work: An Introduction

Chapter 2: Ethical Responsibilities to Clients

Chapter 3: Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues

Chapter 4: Ethical Responsibilities in Practice Settings

Chapter 5: Ethical Responsibilities as Professionals

Chapter 6: Ethical Responsibilities to the Social Work Profession

Chapter 7: Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society

Appendix A: NASW Code of Ethics
Appendix B: Case Examples
About the Author
Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, is professor emeritus in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human services issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. Dr. Reamer received the Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE, 1995), the Presidential Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW, 1997), the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award from NASW (2012), and the Excellence in Ethics Award from NASW (2015). In 2016, NASW named Dr. Reamer a Social Work Pioneer. In 2023, he received NASW’s Mit Joyner Presidential Award.

Dr. Reamer’s books include Risk Management in the Behavioral Health Professions: A Practical Guide to Preventing Malpractice and Licensing-Board Complaints (Columbia University Press); Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action (Columbia University Press); Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences (Columbia University Press); On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice (Columbia University Press); The Social Work Ethics Casebook (NASW Press); A Guide to Essential Human Services (NASW Press); Moral Distress and Injury in Human Services: Case, Causes, and Strategies for Prevention (NASW Press); Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice (Columbia University Press); Social Work Values and Ethics (Columbia University Press); Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press); The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool (NASW Press); Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids (Columbia University Press; with Deborah H. Siegel); Finding Help for Struggling Teens: A Guide for Parents and the Professionals Who Work with Them (NASW Press; with Deborah H. Siegel); Ethics Education in Social Work (CSWE); The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor); Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work (Cognella); Social Work Research and Evaluation Skills (Columbia University Press); The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work (Columbia University Press); AIDS and Ethics (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor); Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service (Columbia University Press); Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice (Columbia University Press; coauthor, Charles H. Shireman); and The Teaching of Social Work Ethics (The Hastings Center; coauthor, Marcia Abramson). Dr. Reamer serves frequently as an expert witness in litigation and licensing-board cases throughout the United States.
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