Caring for Your Clients While Caring for Your Baby: Responsible and Ethical Planning for Parental Leave.
Dombo, Eileen A. Bass, Ami.
Published: Fall 2013
Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education.
Vol. 16, No. 2 , p. 56-64
Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education
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The current literature on "maternity leave" is dated, reflecting a traditional view of childbearing that is not relevant to those who are adopting, about to become fathers, or are single parents. The guidance given to professionals must reflect the changing composition of family. This article offers a review of the literature on planning for the arrival of a child, and explores ethical issues for consideration in developing a plan to take leave for welcoming a new child into their family. Case vignettes of four therapists are presented and utilized to formulate of a set of practice guidelines and discuss implications for practice. (Author abstract)
THERAPISTS; THERAPISTS ROLE; PLANNING; CONTINUITY PLANNING; PARENTAL LEAVE; ethics; guidelines