Ethics at the End of Life: A Teaching Tool.
Wallace, Cara L. Thielman, Kara J. Cimino, Andrea N. Rueda, Heidi L. A.
Published: Spring 2017
Journal of Social Work Education
Vol. 53, No. 2 , p. 327-338
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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Social workers rarely receive education and training in the areas of grief, bereavement, and death and dying, which may lead to difficulties in compassionately and ethically addressing concerns in end-of-life or grief-related contexts. This article presents actual and potential outcomes from three challenging end-of-life case studies using Mattison’s ethical decision-making model as a framework. The case studies were drawn from student interviews with experienced master’s-level social workers. This pedagogical article helps to promote self-reflection and consideration of ethical issues in grief and death-related situations as well as supplement death education and ethics curricula to include end-of-life content. (Author abstract)
schools of social work; postsecondary education; ethics; Curricula; grief; loss; death; decision making