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Using the revised NASW Code of Ethics as a framework, From the Front Lines: Student Cases in Social Work Ethics outlines the elements of ethical decision-making to provide social work and human professionals in all settings with a clear guide to ethical problem recognition, definition, and solution. Integrated and contextualized cases throughout the book encourage develop an awareness of the impact of ethical issues at all levels of social work practice.

Examples drawn from child welfare, work with families, medical social work, social justice, and others, promote thoughtful evaluation and decision-making. Rothman stresses the importance of gathering necessary information and presents three alternative, frequently-used systems of theories and principles (Gewirth's Ethical Principles Hierarchy, Loewenberg and Dolgoff's Ethical Principles Screen, and Beauchamp and Childress' Bioethics Model).


Using the NASW Code of Ethics as a framework, From the Front Lines: Student Cases in Social Work Ethics is a collection of thirty cases that illustrate both common and kinds of dilemmas and more unusual ones to   provide students with a framework for recognizing, defining, and solving ethical dilemmas.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Elements of Ethical Decision-Making.

Defining The Ethical Problem.

Gathering Information.

Theoretical Concepts.

From Theories to Principles.

Using The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.

Client Values, Societal Values, Personal Values.

Defining Options, Arriving At a Resolution.

Case Presentations.

1. NASW Ethical Standard One: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Clients.

Case Study 1-1: Protecting the Best Interests of a Minor, Elena Glekas, MSW.

Case Study 1-2: When the “Best Interests of Client” Harms a Third Party, Karen E. Altenberg, MSW.

Case Study 1-3: When Living Feels Like Dying: Ethical Decision Making with a Depressed Dialysis Patient, Mary A. Kardauskas, MSW.

Case Study 1-4: Reading the Future: When “Best Interest” Must Last Twenty Years, Amy Craig-Van Grack, MSW.

Case Study 1-5: In the Client's Interest: Self Determination and Mental Retardation, Jose Carlos Vera.

Case Study 1-6: The Adoption Records Controversy: Three Primary Clients Whose Interests May Conflict, Sarah M. Russell.

Case Study 1-7: Believing a Disturbed Child: Abused or Confused, Shahla R. Adam, MSW.

2. NASW Ethical Standard Two: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues.

Case Study 2-1: Share and Share Alike: A Dilemma in Professional Educational Development, Karen A. Wilson, MSW.

Case Study 2-2: Colleague Misconduct: What's an Intern to Do? Jeanine Castilho da Silva, MSW.

Case Study 2-3: When a Colleague “Defines” Policy–and You Don't Agree! Linda Lopez, MSW.

3. NASW Ethical Standard Three: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Practice Settings.

Case Study 3-1: Can Limitation of Informed Consent by an Agency Ever Be Justified? Diane Inselburg Spirer, MSW, M.S.

Case Study 3-2: Computerized Record Keeping: Agency Efficiency vs. Client Privacy, Aimee H. Mclain, MSW.

Case Study 3-3: Meeting the Needs of Immigrants: Must Acculturation Be a Condition of Agency Service? Thomas W. Gray, Ph.D.

Case Study 3-4: Confidentiality in a Special School Setting: What is the Student's Best Interest? Patricia DeJesus, MSW.

Case Study 3-5: An Employee Assistance Counselor's Dilemma, Mel Hall-Crawford, MSW.

Case Study 3-6: Group Therapy: Client Needs and Fiscal Viability, Tom Bertone, MSW, CSC.

4. NASW Ethical Standard Four: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities As Professionals.

Case Study 4-1: When a Client Threatens Suicide: Client Autonomy and Professional Obligation, Gigi Stowe, MSW.

Case Study 4-2: “Now that You're Leaving, Why Can't We Just Be Friends?,” Joanna P. Martin, MSW.

Case Study 4-3: The Professional in Peer Support Groups: Where Do We Fit In? Mickey J. Smith, MSW, CAC.

Case Study 4-4: Fidelity to a Client Unable To Communicate, Marian D. Kaufman, MSW.

5. NASW Ethical Standard Five: Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities to the Social Work Profession.

Case Study 5-1: “My Clients Are in a Hurry!” Professional Integrity versus Client Self Determination, Shereen Rubenstein, MSW.

Case Study 5-2: Rape: When Professional Values Place Vulnerable Clients at Risk, Eileen Dombo, MSW.

Case Study 5-3: When Client Self Determination Places an Unborn Child at Risk, Patricia Y. Braun, MSW.

Case Study 5-4: “Discharge Her to A Hospice Now!”–A Conflict of Professional Loyalties, Josephine K. Bulkley, J.D.

6. NASW Ethical Standard Six: Social Workers' Ethical Responsibility to the Broader Society.

Case Study 6-1:HIV: The Confidentiality/ Duty to Warn Dilemma, Robin E. Rolley, J.D., MSW.

Case Study 6-2: Dealing Drugs; Can Confidentiality Ever Be Justified? Julie B. Goodale, MSW.

Case Study 6-3: Limiting Self-Protection for Vulnerable Clients: An Acceptable Risk for the Protection of Society? Stephen Hardstack, MSW.

Case Study 6-4: Out-patient Commitment: Must Mental Illness Preclude Civil Liberty? Kimberly Platt, MSW.

Case Study 6-5: Genetic Research: For the Good of this Subject or for (Future) Society? Daniel W. Wilson.

Case Study 6-6: A Commitment to Social Justice: Social Work and Immigration Policy, M. Thérèse Jones, MSW.

7. It's Your Turn–Ethics Cases for Practice.

Appendix: The Code of Ethics of The National Association of Social Workers (Revised 1996).


Product Details

Student Cases in Social Work Ethics
Rothman, Juliet Cassuto
Rothman, Juliet C.
Allyn and Bacon
Social case work
Social workers
Services & Welfare
Edition Number:
2nd ed.
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Trade paper
MySearchLab Series for Social Work
Series Volume:
no. 03-05
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Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.1 x 7 x 0.545 in 408 gr

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