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Social Work Values and Ethics, Fifth Edition
Reamer, Frederic
Columbia University Press / Softcover / 2018-11-01 / 0231188293
Social Work
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296 pages
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For decades, teachers and practitioners have turned to Frederic G. Reamer’s Social Work Values and Ethics as the leading introduction to ethical decision making, dilemmas, and professional conduct in practice. A case-driven, concise, and comprehensive textbook for undergraduate and graduate social work programs, this book surveys the most critical issues for social work practitioners.

The fifth edition incorporates significant updates to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and new practice and model regulatory standards used by social service and licensing agencies around the world. Reamer also focuses on how social workers should navigate the digital world through discussion of the ethical issues that arise from practitioner use of online services and social networking sites to deliver services, communicate with clients, and provide information to the public, and what standards will protect confidential information transmitted electronically. He highlights potential conflicts between professional ethics and legal guidelines and expands discussions of informed consent, confidentiality and privileged communication, boundaries and dual relationships, documentation, conflicts of interest, and risk management. Conceptually rich and attuned to the complexities of ethical decision making, Social Work Values and Ethics is unique in striking the right balance among history, theory, and practical application.


The oft-cited Rick Reamer has become a household name in social work education and practice. The fifth edition of Social Work Values and Ethics will continue to influence academicians, students, and practitioners. Moreover, the timely book will address the 2018 changes in the NASW Code of Ethics, which will have a profound impact on practice and education. Well done!
Stephen M. Marson, editor, The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

This is a significant update of the most important textbook on general social work ethics of the last twenty-five years. Recently the NASW Code of Ethics was substantially updated and expanded with material related to technology and social media. This is the first textbook in the field incorporating that new material.
Daniel Liechty, Illinois State University

Now in its fifth edition, Frederic Reamer’s Social Work Values and Ethics has become the canonical text in social work ethics. Through theoretical and case-based analyses, this new edition presents students, practitioners, and researchers the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in ethical reasoning that is both sophisticated and practical.
Dominic Sisti, University of Pennsylvania

As an attorney who advises and defends social workers, I am grateful for this fifth edition of Dr. Reamer’s Social Work Values and Ethics. It provides practitioners in this digital age a needed roadmap showing the road home to the professions’ values and ethics.
David C. Barry, former chair, NASW National Ethics Committee

The definitive guide to understanding and applying our profession’s core values and ethical standards, Social Work Values and Ethics reflects Reamer’s instrumental role in revisions to the NASW Code and his clear-eyed view of the challenges in upholding ethical standards in a complex practice environment. No mere recitation of ethical obligations and risks, it equips readers with a deep understanding of the philosophical, legal, and moral underpinnings of the choices they make, as well as the tools to make those decisions.
Kim Strom-Gottfried, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill


1. Social Work Values and Ethics: An Overview
2. Social Work Values
3. Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making: A Framework
4. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Clinical Practice
5. Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work: Macropractice
6. Malpractice and Unethical Conduct: Strategies for Prevention
Afterword: A Future Agenda

About the Author:

Frederic G. Reamer is a professor at the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. His Columbia University Press books include Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (2012), Risk Management in Social Work (2014), and On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice (2016).

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