Pandemic Ethics: Rethinking Rights, Responsibilities and Roles in Social Work (1 credit hour)

Program Summary: This course explores the ethical challenges experienced by social workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and offers a framework for understanding ethics during a time of crisis. Four broad responses to ethical challenges were identified and include ethical confusion, ethical distress, ethical creativity, and ethical learning. The course highlights the efforts of social workers to practice ethically during this time of change and introduces concepts of ethical agency, slow ethics, and professional judgement.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.


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Reading:  Pandemic ethics:  Rethinking Rights, Responsibilities, and Roles in Social Work by Sarah Banks and Nikki Rutter- open access

Publisher:  Oxford University Press; British Journal of Social Work

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring ethical challenges and responses during the Covid-19 pandemic

Learning Objectives:  Compare ethical confusion, ethical distress, ethical creativity, and ethical learning.  Give an example of ethical agency.  Describe the concept of slow ethics.

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1: The authors of this paper contend that the ethically right responses to challenging situations
 
 
 
2: An 'ethical agent' is an ___________________ participant.
 
 
3: Which of the following describes not knowing what was the right action to take, or how to work out what was right?
 
 
 
 
4: Which of the following describes feeling negative emotions derived from knowing what would be the right course of action, but being unable to carry it out due to institutional or other constraints?
 
 
 
 
5: Which of the following describes making extra effort to work out what would be right in new circumstances and being flexible and imaginative in carrying it out?
 
 
 
 
6: Which of the following describes reflecting on learning from working during the pandemic and implications for ethical practice in the future?
 
 
 
 
7: Indication of ethical distress might include feeling
 
 
 
 
 
8: Ethical creativity may entail ____________ institutional rules and norms.
 
 
 
 
9: Practicing during Covid-19 has _________ the range of ethics work needed to do social work at all, let alone while maintaining professional ethical integrity.
 
 
10: Another message is the importance of
 
 
11: Which of the following best describes professional ethics judgement?
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 ethics continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.