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Ethics Alive! Money, Money, Money

You may be familiar with traditional forms of payment, but what about digital payments for social work services? We explore the ethics of using various means of exchange for our services.

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Dual relationships may be concurrent or sequential, intentional or unintentional. By anticipating dual relationships and conflicts of interest, we can plan how to navigate the ethical issues rather than simply reacting to problems after they arise. Read more

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Can Siri and Alexa be programmed with social work values, knowledge, critical thinking, and communication skills? Is this the "new" social worker of the future? Can SocBots learn and adapt to provide better, more ethical services? Read more

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In recent additions to the NASW Code of Ethics, self-care has been added as paramount for competent, ethical social work practice. Also, social workers must take action against oppression, racism, discrimination, inequities and acknowledge privilege. Read more

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Termination of services with clients has always been a consideration of social work ethics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, termination considerations became more critical for some. Read more

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An October 2020 decision, since reversed, would have allowed licensed social workers in Texas to discriminate, even though such discrimination is in violation of the NASW Code of Ethics. Read more

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Medical use of marijuana (MuM) is legal in many states. Yet, it is prohibited by federal law. What is the social worker’s role with clients for whom MuM may be beneficial? Read more

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November 3, 2020, is election day. Voting and participating in electoral processes are vital ways to promote social justice and the other core values of the social work profession. Read more

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Would you or your social work organization accept donations from someone who expresses racism or homophobia, a company engaging in child labor, or a violator of human rights? Under what conditions would you accept (or not accept) a tainted donation? Read more

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in extraordinary times. Consider the issues that arise when social workers are suddenly forced to provide services through technology that they previously provided in person. Ethical exceptions are discussed. Read more

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You receive a notice that someone has issued a request for professional review, claiming you have breached the NASW Code of Ethics. What are your next steps? This is Part 2 of a 2-part series. Read more

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