SSWD 120 - Ethics and Practice

This course examines the many and varied legal and ethical issues that are related to the training of Social Service Workers in the social and health fields 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 Social Service Work.


Credits:  3


Hours: 45 (Lecture: 45)


Total Weeks: 15




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Acceptance in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program or permission of the Instructor




Course Content:
- Introduction to professional ethics: theories, principles and guidelines
- Ethical decision-making models in practice
- The Social Service Worker as a person and professional
- Values and ethics in the helping profession
- Clients rights and Social Service Worker responsibilities
- Confidentiality: ethical and legal issues
- Managing boundaries and multiple relationships
- Professional competence and training
- Ethical issues in supervision and consultation

- File documentation and legal obligations


Learning Outcomes:
Throughout the course the student will develop the following competencies:
- Describe the ethical principles of helping professionals
- Demonstrate the ability to question their personal positions on ethical and value issues.
- Discuss various positions about major issues in professional practice in Social Service Work.
- Identify behaviors that are subject to discipline under the 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.
- Describe helping relationships that protect the client and helper from liability and ensure on-going supervision and training in the field.

- Describe social work practice within the context of social change and social justice obligations.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade:  C+ (65%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


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