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The Digital and Electronic Revolution in Social Work: Rethinking the Meaning of Ethical Practice – Ethics and Social Welfare

Taylor & Francis Online :: The Digital and Electronic Revolution in Social Work: Rethinking the Meaning of Ethical Practice - Ethics and Social Welfare -

Abstract

The recent and dramatic emergence of digital and other electronic technology in social work—such as online counseling, video counseling, avatar therapy, and e-mail therapy—has tested and challenged the profession’s longstanding and widely accepted perspectives on the nature of both clinical relationships and core ethics concepts. These developments have transformed key elements of social work practice and require critical examination of the meaning and application of relevant ethical concepts in diverse cultures. This article explores pertinent ethical implications related to social workers’ commitment to clients; privacy/confidentiality; client self-determination and professional paternalism; informed consent; and professional–client boundaries and dual relationships. The author discusses the need for social workers to re-examine time-honored ethics concepts and explore their implications for the profession’s ethical standards pertaining to the practitioner–client relationship.

via Taylor & Francis Online :: The Digital and Electronic Revolution in Social Work: Rethinking the Meaning of Ethical Practice – Ethics and Social Welfare –.

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This entry was posted on February 14, 2013 by in Ethics & Policy, Science and tagged , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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