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The Social Work Ethics Casebook

Cases and Commentary (2nd edition)

Frederic G. Reamer

ISBN: 978-0-87101-534-1. 2018. Item #5341. 196 pages.

Paperback $43.99   ePub $39.50

Published in 2009, The Social Work Ethics Casebook was the first ethics casebook, including extensive cases and commentary, written exclusively for social workers. Now, following a revision of the NASW Code of Ethics that went into effect in January of 2018, this revised edition includes extensive discussion of new and updated ethics standards, especially pertaining to social workers’ use of digital and other technology to deliver services, communicate with clients, manage and store information, and provide information to the public.


This book’s realistic ethics cases provide a useful tool for discussing ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making. Following each set of cases, Reamer includes commentary highlighting key ethics concepts and references to relevant standards in the Code of Ethics. The casebook highlights ethical issues related to confidentiality and privacy, informed consent, client self-determination, professional paternalism, boundary issues and dual relationships, conflicts of interest, cultural and ethnic diversity, termination of services, administration, collegial impairment, commitments to employers, social work education and training, and more. Each section of the book also includes discussion questions designed to enhance readers’ understanding and application of important ethics concepts.


Special Features:

  • Complex ethical dilemmas cited in diverse areas of social work practice (such as mental health, child welfare, family services, substances abuse treatment, elder services, school social work, social work administration, social work research, and evaluation)
  • Relevant standards in the NASW Code of Ethics highlighted throughout
  • Ideal format for use by social workers involved with teaching, supervision, training, continuing education, and consultation