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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).

Access Dr. Allan Barsky's article on the NASW Code of Ethics changes, Social Work Podcast episodes on this topic, and the full Code of Ethics online. more

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Social workers use varying terms related to culture and social diversity - cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural humility, and cultural responsiveness. What do they mean? What’s the difference? more

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As social workers, we value honesty in our communications with clients. For some interventions, however, deception or lack of full disclosure is vital to effectiveness. more

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What are social workers' ethical obligations when they live in small communities and dual relationships are unavoidable? Boundaries can be complex, with no simple or perfect solutions. more

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Racism, religious bigotry, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination are pervasive at national and international levels. Rather than being paralyzed, I have decided to take the credo, “Think globally, act locally," to heart, head, and hand. more

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Social work is a single profession with a distinct set of values, ethical principles, and standards. How do these apply differently for clinical and nonclinical social workers? more

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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. more

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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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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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