Ethics Alive! Religious Freedom and Social Work: Ethics of Referring Clients

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Ontological problems

The entirety of the NASW Code of Ethics is little more than a power play of "shoulds" imposed on social workers, by those of the majority and those with power (note to social justice irony here), with the risk of loss of licensure for those who don't comply. On what objective basis, beyond mere consensus of those with the power to kick people from the field, does the NASW have the right to say what social workers should and should not do? To tell someone they should do one thing or should not do another bears the weight of moral obligation and duty. From where does the NASW draw the right to declare one's moral obligations and duties?

Mr. Barsky, you are clearly intelligent enough to realize that this is dilemma of competing worldviews. Worldviews do not cease when one goes to work. Appealing to various codes of ethics is a poor attempt to side step the really hard work of teaching people how to live alongside one another practicing real tolerance and charity toward one another when disagreements are impassable.

Ryan more than 3 years ago

Refer them

It is unethical to think that a social worker would support a life style that undermines the manifest (Bible) that guides his or her every day walk. Forcing this relationship is unfair to both the client and the social worker as the client is not seeking to change their life style. This is not a matter of religious disagreement as they are not disagreeing with a religion. It is a life style disagreement that does not align with the social workers biblical values and principles. I would not knowingly choose to go to a faith-based therapist or provider if my worldview was completely different than theirs, and I would not sue them just to satisfy or justify my own choices.

AB 137 days ago

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