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Ethics Alive! The 2017 NASW Code of Ethics: What's New?

The NASW Delegate Assembly approved a number of significant amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics, to take effect January 1, 2018. Read a summary of the changes.

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Everyone loves gifts, but being offered a gift from clients may be cause for celebration, cause for concern, or both for social workers. more

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We explore the nature of respect in social work advocacy. Social workers demonstrate respect to individual clients by honoring their right to self-determination. Advocacy often involves persuason and trying to change beliefs and behaviors of others. more

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How much and what should social workers document? Allan Barsky outlines the ethics of social work documentation. more

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Which codes “must” social workers abide by? Which codes “should” social workers abide by? And if there are conflicts between two or more codes by which you are abiding, which code takes “precedence”? more

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Many of us think about respect in terms of how we engage with clients. Honoring clients’ dignity is not the whole story, however, with social work codes of ethics also highlighting the importance of showing respect to colleagues. more

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The first standard in the NASW Code of Ethics advises social workers that their primary ethical obligation is to clients. The Code is silent on what obligations, if any, social workers owe to clients’ family members, friends, and other collaterals. more

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Your client has dementia? There’s an app for that. Weigh the pros and cons for ethical app use in social work. more

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Proxies play an important role in the lives of people who lack mental capacity, making key decisions on their behalf. Acting as a proxy can be very interesting and meaningful work. When deciding whether to act as a proxy, consider benefits and risks. more

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This article explores the DSM-5 in relation to ethical concerns such as demonstrating respect for the dignity and worth of all people, empowering clients, practicing within one’s professional competence, and owing a primary duty of care to clients. more

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Some agencies and social work ethicists are strong proponents of a risk management approach to handling ethical issues. According to this approach, workers should identify the risks of various courses of action to determine the best course to take. more

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