Social work ethics

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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What is in the new 64-page document known as the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice? And what are social workers saying about the standards? more


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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A dream catcher by UND social work student Selena Hobbs encompasses the values and ethics of professional social workers. more

Social Work Month Project 2017

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


One of the guards rattled his giant ring of old keys and asked me if I wanted to see "the brain museum." Seriously. I'd heard rumors about this peculiar collection of cranial content, but the potential reality had thus far only been that: a rumor. more


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


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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Book review of The Helping Professional’s Guide to Ethics: A New Perspective more

Reviews & Commentary

Over time, I have found tremendous comfort in the NASW Code of Ethics. I have also come to some additional conclusions about how to practice ethically, born of work with a highly diverse caseload across multiple practice settings. more

Real World Clinical

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


Social Worker on the Shelf with client

Stephen Baldridge

Linda is the Social Worker on the Shelf. According to her Instagram account (s_w_ontheshelf), Social Worker on the Shelf is sent by the state board elves every December to magically show the skills/knowledge/ethics of a competent social worker. more

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Boundaries don’t have to equal withholding silence, and truly showing up is not a transgression. And our superegos need not be our guide. Our clinical frames and professional ethics more than suffice. more

Real World Clinical

John Riolo presents a slide show/video on social work, technology, and ethics. more

Social Work Month 2015 1 Comments

Being “prudent” means being careful about one’s own interest, exercising good judgment, and being careful about one’s behavior. Licensed social workers take care of themselves and their clients by conducting their work prudently. more

Social Work Month 2015

Jonathan Singer interviews social work ethics and legal expert Allan Barsky on social workers in court. more


Jonathan Singer interviews social work ethics expert Allan Barsky on social work values and ethics. more


What is an ethical dilemma in social work? This article explains the 3 conditions present in true ethical dilemmas, and the different between a pure ethical dilemma and a complicated situation or "approximate" dilemma. more

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