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SSWD 120 - Ethics and Practice
This course examines the many and varied legal and ethical issues that are related to the training of human service worker in the social and health areas of practice. Students will examine and integrate ethical and legal standards into their professional practice. The students will develop a moral and ethical base for ethical decision-making in human service practice. 

Credits:  3

Hours: 45

Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online:  No

Pre-Requisites:  SSWD 110 Introduction to Human Services Work or permission of instructor

Course Content:
- Inquiry and Ethical Practice
- Law, ethics, and Tools for Rational Decision Making
- Values and Professional Ethics
- Professional Obligations and Duty to Clients
- Confidentiality in the Professional Relationships: Protecting Client Privacy
- Informed Consent
- Social Justice as a Professional Ethical Responsibility
- Responsibilities to the Profession: Accountability to Colleagues and Employers
- Professional Relationships, Use of Power, and Boundaries
- Literacy as an Ethical Consideration
- Ethics of Self-Care, Preventing Burnout, and the Covenant Model of Professional Relationships

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the ethical principles of the helping professionals and question positions on ethical and value issues.
- Discuss their theoretical viewpoint on Ethical Dilemmas and decision-making models.
- Identify behaviours that are subject to discipline under the British Columbia College of Social Workers Board of Registration for Social Workers in British Columbia.
- Examine and apply the British Columbia Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
- Recognize federal and provincial legislation that pertains to issues of client confidentiality and informed consent.
- Describe federal and provincial legislation regarding duty to report child abuse, danger to others and involuntary confinement.
- Define the various methods for responding to professional ethical conflicts and complaints.
- Practice helping relationships that protect the client and helper from liability and ensure on-going supervision and training in the field.

Passing Grade:  D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Quizzes and Tests: 10 %
Assignments: 30 %
Participation: 15 %
Other: 45 %

Course Offered in Other Programs:  No 

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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