Eye on Ethics: The Boundaries of Alternative Therapies in Clinical Social Work

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School of Social Work


Social work’s remarkable strength as a profession is in large part the result of impressive and creative advances in its models and methods of interventions. Clinical innovations should be viewed somewhat tentatively, with a commitment to critical thinking as an adequate body of sound outcome research evolves over time. Indeed, today’s clinical novelty may become tomorrow’s standard of practice. Social workers should continue their open-minded pursuit of new ways of helping, recognizing that these efforts must fall within the profession’s venerable moral tradition.