About Course #B4222
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
This thought-provoking course examines the interplay of social work, values, ethics, and decision-making processes. Through the use of practice scenarios, social workers will learn how to approach risk management and thorny ethical dilemmas that are common to many practice areas. The course discusses the role of laws and regulations in regard to ethics, highlights the importance of the distinction between legal and moral problems, and describes the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
Participants will learn about the dynamics of decision making through discussions of judgment research, the use of natural heuristics, and social and organizational sources of decision error. Specific approaches to ethical problems that are described include the cycle of reflection, the ethical rules screen, the common morality approach, and creative problem solving. The discussion of risk management includes community-based mental health treatment, telepsychiatry and other technologies, forensic custodial evaluations, clinical work with children and adolescents, confidentiality and privileged communication, improper termination, managed care, and prediction of violence.
This course should not be taken in conjunction with course #B4227, Practicing Social Work Ethics: Contemporary Approaches, Updated 1st Edition.
Social workers will receive 6 continuing education clock hours (social work ethics hours), 3 hours of which are determined to be clinical content. Social workers should contact their individual regulatory board to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Accreditations
- Describe the historical evolution of social work ethics
- Explain the cognitive and emotional errors that threaten ethical decision making and practice
- Discuss the use of self in social work practice and ethical decision making
- Discuss relevant ethical guidelines, theories, and strategies for sound social work practice
- Identify effective strategies for managing potential threats to ethical decision making and clinical practice
- Describe approaches to resolving risk management and ethical problems associated with contemporary practice
- Explain ways to act upon the ethical mandate to address systemic unfairness, serve and advocate for vulnerable and oppressed populations, promote diversity, and work for a just society
James J. Clark, LCSW, PhD,
Molly Malany Sayre, MSW, LSW,
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
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