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January marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- National Birth Defects Prevention Month
- National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
- National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16)
Ethics Alive! To Record or Not To Record: The Ethics of Documentation
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, Ph.D.
Social work documentation. Now, how exciting is that?! Yes,
documentation is not exactly the most thrilling aspect of social work
practice. In fact, sometimes the documentation process can be downright
tedious. Still, if you want excitement in your professional life, try
documenting in an incompetent, disrespectful, dishonest, incomplete, or
disorganized manner. Nothing says “malpractice lawsuit” faster than
situations in which social workers provide direct evidence of
substandard practice in their client records. Conversely, good old
boring records are vital to risk management, reducing the risk of
malpractice lawsuits, professional disciplinary hearings, and agency
Standard 3.04 of the National Association of Social Workers
(NASW) Code of Ethics (2008) provides social workers with guidance about
documentation and record keeping. Part (a) states that social workers
should ensure their documentation is “accurate and reflects the services
provided.” That makes sense. Be honest. End of sentence.
Part (b) instructs social workers to include sufficient
information to “facilitate delivery of services and to ensure continuity
of services provided to clients.” Once again, this standard seems
obvious. Records are supposed to support the provision of services.
Social workers, supervisors, and colleagues need to know about the
client’s concerns, the client’s goals, and the plans for reaching those
goals. Good records can keep the helping professionals and clients on
track, and ensure that services are provided in a competent and
effective manner. For these purposes, comprehensive, and perhaps
expansive record keeping might be suggested. Isn’t it better to have
more than enough information, rather than not enough?
Part (c), however, suggests that “social workers’ documentation
should protect clients’ privacy to the extent that is possible and
appropriate and should include only information that is directly
relevant to the delivery of services.” Ah, there’s the rub. More is not
always better. Given that clients have a right to privacy, documentation
should be limited to what is relevant to service delivery. Even though
most client records are “confidential,” there are many people within the
agency and beyond who could have access to all or parts of the records:
- Supervisors and co-workers
- Researchers and program evaluators
- Government auditors or other officials responsible for monitoring and accountability
- Insurance providers
- Other agencies or people as authorized by client consent
In addition, client records may be used in courts under various
circumstances—for instance, in child protection cases, in family law
cases, in malpractice lawsuits, and in mental health hearings. To
protect client privacy, social workers should consider limiting what
they document, so as not to embarrass clients or share information that
clients may want to remain private.
“So,” you may be asking, “how do I balance the need to provide
full and accurate information in client records with the interest of
protecting client confidentiality?” I’m glad you’ve asked. To address
this balancing act, consider the following factors: laws, agency
policies, client wishes, and social worker needs.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Winter 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Winter issue:
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please dowload the PDF.
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The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals
Edited by Erlene Grise-Owens, Justin “Jay” Miller, and Mindy Eaves. This is
the latest book from The New Social Worker Press. The book, which takes
readers through the alphabet to discover a variety of self-care
strategies and develop a personalized self-care plan, is now available in both print and Kindle formats.
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caring and useful resource for helping professionals concerned
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insights and reflections and providing resources and strategies, The
A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook is a practical guide and an empowering book.
BARBARA W. SHANK, Ph.D., MSW, Dean and Professor,
Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University,
of Directors, Council on Social Work Education
BEDTIME READING/GIFTS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
What does a life in social work look like?
You might look at it
as a series of “sideways” stories! “If life were black and white, we’d
have no need for social work.” Read Ogden Rogers’ collection, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work.
Available on Amazon.com
(print and Kindle), Google Play (e-book), directly from the publisher
and other bookstores.
Do you know a social worker or social work
student who loves to read? This book is a welcome retreat from academic
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Ogden W. Rogers is a
thought-provoking book about the evolution of the author's career in the
field of social work. The real-life stories are whimsical as well as
enlightening. You follow the yellow brick road of a social work career
and feel the passion and dedication that is required of those who are
engaged in the social work profession.... A great read for anyone
entering the profession, or if you are involved and feel your passion
flickering, this book will surely re-ignite your love. --Mildred Mit
Joyner, MSW, LCSW, Emerita Director and Professor of Social Work, West
Chester University of Pennsylvania
Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way
A ground-breaking book by Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, LCSW, from The New Social Worker Press
Available now at:
"Danna Bodenheimer has written an insider’s guide to clinical social work that doesn’t make the reader feel like an outsider. This book is the clinical supervisor you always wanted to have: brilliant yet approachable, professional yet personal, grounded and practical, yet steeped in theory, and challenging you to dig deeper." Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Founder and Host, Social Work Podcast
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Submit Your Entry
The New Social Worker's Social Work Month Project 2017
Deadline: January 16, 2017
The New Social Worker
is seeking submissions
from social work practitioners, educators, and students for
Social Work Month 2017. Please consider submitting your work for The New Social Worker
magazine’s online Social Work Month Project.
We invite you to submit a creative work that presents a positive view of social work on the micro, mezzo, and/or macro level. These can be, for example,
writings or videos on what you like best about your social work career,
the best/most important thing you've learned as a social worker and how
you learned it, a moment in your career that inspired you, what you see
as the main purpose of social work, dispelling myths about social work,
social work ethics/values (for example, choose one of the core values in
the NASW Code of Ethics), a story about social work, or your
favorite area of social work practice. Don't limit yourself to these
ideas, though. Use your imagination!
Submissions may be in the form of:
- Essay/creative writing (no more than 500 words)
- Other creative work
Works that are accepted will be published on The New Social Worker website during March 2017 and may also appear on our various social
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Submissions that do not follow the instructions will not be considered. Entries must be received by January 16, 2017.
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