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Allan Barsky

Allan Barsky

Dr. Allan Barsky is Professor of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and former Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the National Association of Social Workers. He is the author of Ethics and Values in Social Work (Oxford University Press), Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions (Oxford University Press), and Clinicians in Court (Guilford Press). The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the organizations with which Dr. Barsky is affiliated.

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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Nobody is perfect. What are our ethical obligations when we are experiencing physical, emotional, social, or spiritual distress that impairs our ability to practice social work competently? more »

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By the first week of August 2014, more than 2,100 people in the west African countries had contracted the Ebola virus. More than 1,100 of these people had died.People were told there was no cure, but ZMapp was given to two Americans. more »

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Self-determination is built on the values of autonomy and respect for the dignity and worth of all people. So, given the primacy of self-determination, how is it that social workers can ethically justify working with clients who are mandated to more »

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The NASW Code of Ethics does not mention private practice, per se...it does not specifically condone or support private practice, and it does not reject or warn against private practice. It does, however, include a number of relevant ethical standard more »

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When student interns and other new social workers are making decisions about where to work, one of the most important factors to consider is the quality of field supervision. Ideally, you will have a supervisor who not only excels as a practitioner, more »

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People often quote the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics when identifying the ethical obligations of social workers. Did you know, however, that not all social workers are bound to comply with the NASW Code—at least in the more »

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As the use of cell phones, e-mail, texting, social networking, and other technology grows, social workers are facing many challenges about the appropriate use and limits on use of such technologies. Unfortunately, many agencies are embracing new more »

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Nobody is perfect. And certainly, it would be naïve to assume that social workers are perfect in their professional practice. What happens when we make a mistake—perhaps an error of judgment, an unintentional imposition of biases or assumptions, or more »

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Treating clinicians often wish they could prevent disclosure of records. Some reasons are ethically justifiable, others not. Clinicians treating victims of sexual assault, for example, may be concerned that their clients will be subjected to intense more »

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As advocates for social justice and the welfare of clients, social workers should be among the forefront of whistle blowers (Greene & Latting, 2004; Mansbach & Bachner, 2008). So, what types of guidance does the NASW Code of Ethics (2008) provide for more »

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