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MSW655 — Ethical Social Work Practice

This course provides an in-depth examination of the history and current guiding statements on values and ethics in the social work profession. Students grapple with ethical issues commonly encountered in indirect and direct social work practice, using an intersectional approach and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics as the common frame of reference.

Intersections to be explored include personal and professional value systems; value conflicts and ethical dilemmas; ethical standards, workplace or program policies, and the law; frameworks for ethical decision-making; the ethical imperative of self-care; and the roles of supervision and communities of practice as resources for development, support, and guidance in the development of practice wisdom.

Learn more about the coursework in the Advanced Standing and Traditional tracks of the online Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.