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Ethical Decision-Making in Social Work: Exploring Personal and Professional Values

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Little systematic research appears to exist that explores the complex and essential process of ethical decision-making among social workers. This paper presents results of a study of NASW members that explored factors that relate to ethical decision-making, discrepancies in ethical decision-making, and rationales for courses of action chosen. Findings suggest that both personal and professional factors are related to ethical decision-making and predict the degree to which ethical decisions are discrepant.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Ethical Decision-Making in Social Work: Exploring Personal and Professional Values created by Otima Z. Doyle, Ph.D., Shari E. Miller, Ph.D., and Fatima Y. Mirza


The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Publication Date:

Spring 2009, Vol. 6, No. 1

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Otima Z. Doyle, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Shari E. Miller, Ph.D.
University of Georgia, School of Social Work
Fatima Y. Mirza
University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work

Course Creator

Max Schwanekamp

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about personal and professional values in ethical decision-making. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline results and limitations of existing research about factors that influence ethical decision-making.
  2. Review the methods, data, and results of a study that explored factors that relate to ethical decision-making, discrepancies in ethical decision-making, and rationales for courses of action chosen.
  3. Discuss the implications of the study and direction for future research.

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