IU School of Social Work is headquartered on the IUPUI campus with locations on 8 IU Campuses. The school also has the Department of Labor Studies
Ethics Little Decisions are the Big Decisions: How to Apply Ethical Principles to the Delivery of Compassionate Social Work Care for Clients, Colleagues, and Self
Speaker: Ann Hannan, MT-BC
The essence of social work treatment, to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, requires trained clinicians, educators, and researchers to approach human health and well-being with integrity and compassion. Professionals require advanced level resources to cope with the realities of the social context including human response to environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living, especially for those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. Utilization of ethical principles provides a framework for addressing the physical and emotional needs not only of the social service recipients but also of the clinicians delivering the therapeutic interventions.
This presentation will focus on the daily use of ethical principles in the delivery of therapeutic services to clients and their families. The format will include opportunities for small group discussion (chat box feature if virtual) regarding common social work scenarios across the treatment continuum (provided by social work professionals working in a variety of settings) and how to utilize the primary principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice to meet holistic client needs while balancing competing professional priorities. Participants will explore secondary ethical concepts of fidelity and veracity as they pertain to relationships with clients, caregivers, and professional colleagues. This presenter will identify the benefits of this decision-making model to promote the clinician’s development of resiliency to counteract symptoms of compassion fatigue and to uphold the social work core set of values: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.