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The Health at Every Size® (HAES®) social justice grounded framework aligns well with social work values and ethics. Here’s how social workers can start putting it into practice. Read more

Practice

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? Read more

Ethics

Susan Mankita reviews Ethics and Values in Social Work: An Integrated Approach for a Comprehensive Curriculum - Second Edition. Read more

Reviews & Commentary

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

Ethics

Do you have to go to school to be a social worker? Yes, but a social work degree is only the beginning. Read more

Careers

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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Addressing racial trauma directly with clients, validating the trauma response, and continual self-reflection on our own biases best serves our clients and our profession as a whole. Read more

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The NASW Code of Ethics encourages social workers to combat isms, discrimination, oppression, and violence. Social workers need to see practicing civility as only a minimum in a range of social justice and human rights activities. 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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Even in the NASW Code of Ethics, the definition of integrity is only a starting point. We must go beyond the foundation of the Code of Ethics to fully embody the true meaning of integrity. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

It's THAT time of year again. March is Social Work Month, and The New Social Worker invites you to spend it with us. And I want to THANK you for all you do. Follow us all month (March 2019) to see what we have in store. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2019

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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Submit your entry for The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2019! Read more

Social Work Month Project 2018

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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Had this social worker not been licensed, what accountability would this practitioner have had to the profession or to the client? If not for a regulatory board, who would advocate that unethical practitioners must be held accountable? Read more

Social Work Month Project 2018

Social workers bring an ethical perspective that is magnified and enhanced through licensure, and licensure in turn strengthens the core values of the profession through public protection. Read more

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Social worker Shaumane Paulk writes about the social work core value of dignity and worth of the person. Read more

Social Work Month Project 2018

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