Ethics

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Ethics Alive! When You Have Ethical Concerns: Initiating NASW’s Professional Review Process

You have concerns about a social work colleague's conduct. What are your ethical obligations? What is the best way to proceed? Reporting to the National Association of Social Workers is one option. Is it warranted, and what does it entail?

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Speaking out against disrespectful language is one way social workers can practice the social work value of respecting the dignity and worth of all people. Read more

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Ethics consultation is a process of facilitating critical thinking and empowering social workers (or others) to make effective decisions regarding ethical dilemmas, violations, questions, and processes for dealing with them. Read more

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As we approach conversations on gun violence, we need to keep in mind social work values of integrity, respect, human relationships, and competence. Read more

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Allan Barsky explores religious freedom in the context of social work practice, specifically whether it is ethical for social workers to cite religious differences with clients as the basis for referring clients to other workers. Read 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? Read 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. Read 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. Read 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? Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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