Teaching, Publications, and Service

Allan Barsky has taught professional ethics since 1989. He is a former chair of the National Association for Social Workers National Ethics Committee. Dr. Barsky was selected for the National Association of Social Workers “Excellence in Ethics Award” in 2015. He was chair of a national committee to update the NASW Code to address ethical issues concerning the use of electronic communication technologies. His ethics textbook has been designed as a series of modules that can be used across the social work curriculum. This textbook may also be used for a stand-alone course on social work ethics:

Barsky, A. E. (2019). Ethics and values in social work: An integrated approach for a comprehensive curriculum (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, (Professors and instructors, please check the “Companion Website” on the OUP website for teaching and instructor resources).

Ethics Websites

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities:

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Standards of practice for family mediators, parenting coordinators, and custody evaluators):

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics:

Association for Specialists in Group Work (Group Work Standards):

Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions: 

Ethics and Malpractice:

Ethics in the Helping Professions:

Feminist Therapy Code of Ethics:

Florida Bioethics Network:

Florida Statutes: (including Chapters 39 on Child Abuse, 397 on Substance Abuse, 491 SW on Licensure, and 744 on Guardianship)

Foundations of Critical Thinking:

Institute for Global Ethics:

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics:

Journal of Moral Education:

Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics:

National Association of Social Workers:

National Institutes of Health—Human Subjects Review Training:

Tukegee University, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care (including concerns specific to African Americans and other underserved people):

World Values Survey Association,