Social work ethics

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? 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. 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. 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? 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. more

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

Social Work Month Project 2018

Access Dr. Allan Barsky's article on the NASW Code of Ethics changes, Social Work Podcast episodes on this topic, and the full Code of Ethics online. more


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? more


Co-editors of The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals discuss the purpose of the book, self-care and ethics, self-care as a lifestyle,and self-care strategies for social workers. 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. 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

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