Eye on Ethics: Black, White... And Lots of Gray

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Department (Manual Entry)

School of Social Work


In the long run, hard thinking about subtle but equally important ethical conundrums will lead us to provide superior service to clients, organizations, and communities. Our efforts to sort through the muddle will be more productive when we strive to recognize elusive ethical issues and engage in the kind of rigorous conceptual analysis and hard thinking needed to comply with social work’s ethical standards. As in health club workouts and physical therapy, the greatest gains occur when we push hard to challenge ourselves and avoid the paths of least resistance.