This course introduces the major provisions of social services law, current trends, legislative developments, and court procedures.  Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of the laws and court decisions related to various social services populations.

This course introduces the professional standards, values, and issues in social services. Topics include confidentiality, assessment of personal values, professional responsibilities, competencies, and ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and discuss multiple ethical issues applicable to social work and apply various decision-making models to current issues. There will be discussion, lecture, practice scenarios and tests to cover material in textbook.