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Ethnicity, Values, and Value Conflicts of African American and White Social Service Professionals

About the Course

The course examines value conflicts and ethical dilemmas in social work. This study explores topics that may affect the professional relationship between social work and client. It includes the exploration of five groups of values, and several issues likely to come up in dealing with clients including, homosexuality, abortion, out of wedlock birth, euthanasia, and corporal punishment, among others, between African American and white social workers. It also deals with whether participants felt their values agreed with the social work profession.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Ethnicity, Values, and Value Conflicts of African American and White Social Service Professionals created by Andrew Edwards, MSW, Ph.D. and Mamadou M. Seck, Ph.D. in 2018.

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Course Material Authors

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Andrew Edwards, MSW, Ph.D.

Dr. Edwards is a professor of social work at Cleveland State University. He has worked in the field for over 20 years and is the co-writer of a mini-grant funded by the Cleveland Foundation. The grant, Project ACCESS: Capacity Building is for faithbased social service organizations. Fellowship Human Development Center was the recipient of the grant. The grant provided for computer hardware, software, fiscal consultation, and tuition for staff to pursue graduate study in social work.

Mamadou M. Seck, Ph.D.

A nine year teaching experience in a village, working with children and parents, inspired Dr Seck to become a social worker with at risk youth. After few years of field practice as a Social Worker, he joined the Ohio Department of Youth Services for additional training as a youth counselor. He worked at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center as he attended Case Western University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science. After earning an MSSA and a PhD in 2007, he joined Cleveland State University as an adjunct, then visiting assistant professor, and later full time assistant professor in 2007. His experiences in Social Work as student, field supervisor, instructor, and Social Work school administrator, inspired him to write on issues related to juvenile justice, social work education and student success, group work, developmental disability, and economic and social development.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the five groups of values in the study and how they impact client care.
  2. Identify the topics covered within these values.
  3. Summarize the study outcome and how social worker bias can impact service delivery.

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Course Number 102568
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