Ethics and Professionalism

Ethics and Professionalism - SSW221

This course will introduce students to ethical decision-making approaches, practice standards and professional values and ethics within the social service work profession.  Students will gain knowledge of the legislative framework governing social service work and the social service worker role and scope of practice.  The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Worker (OCSWSSW) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and the implications for professional responsibility and accountability will be taught.  Common ethical standards and dilemmas will be studied to assist students to develop professional judgment and critical thinking skills necessary in SSW practice. Ethical decision making models will be used to apply student learning.  Knowledge of reflective practice tools to assist students to build self-awareness and professional self-care as core ethical components of care are emphasized.