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speaks to the soul of social work and inspires us to think about more
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Ethics Alive! Gifts From Clients - The Good, the Bad, and the Ethically Ugly
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Summer 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Allan Barsky, J.D., MSW, Ph.D.
Everyone loves gifts, don’t they? Well, maybe it depends on who is
giving the gift and under what circumstances. For social workers, being
offered a gift from clients may be cause for celebration, cause for
concern, or both.
Assume you have been working with Cleo, a client experiencing
high levels of social anxiety. Over the past few months, you have helped
her reduce her levels of anxiety to the point that she now enjoys
personal and work relationships that she once dreaded. In your final
session with Cleo, she offers you a present. Your first instinct may be
to tell yourself, “Accepting gifts from clients is unethical. I need to
find a polite way to decline.” But is accepting gifts truly unethical,
and if so, why? Under what circumstances might accepting gifts be
ethically justifiable, or even desirable?
Some people may assume the NASW Code of Ethics (2008)
specifically prohibits accepting gifts. It does not. It doesn’t even
mention gifts, per se. The NASW Code does have provisions related to
gifts. Standard 1.06(a) advises social workers to “avoid conflicts of
interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and
impartial judgment.” Standard 1.06(b) instructs social workers not to
“take unfair advantage of any professional relationship.” Standard
1.06(c) says that social workers should set “clear, appropriate, and
culturally sensitive boundaries” with clients.
Taken together, these standards certainly put social workers on
notice that there are risks related to accepting gifts from clients.
Thus, there are some situations in which accepting gifts would be
- if accepting a gift biases a social worker’s judgment (e.g., if
you were tempted to give Cleo favored treatment because she gave you a
- if the social worker manipulates clients into thinking that
providing gifts is necessary to obtain services that they are already
entitled to receive (e.g., if you indicate to Cleo that she needs to
provide a gift to receive counseling)
- if the social worker has not established appropriate professional
boundaries with the client and the gift-giving reflects this lack of
appropriate boundaries (e.g., if you befriend Cleo and she gives you a
gift as if you were her friend)
- if you are in a position of authority over the client and the
client is vulnerable to your decisions (e.g., if you are a child
protection worker deciding whether to remove a child from Cleo’s home)
- if the gift has a deep emotional meaning to the client, and the
client may later regret giving the gift (e.g., if Cleo gives you a
home-made vase that has minimal market value but is deeply meaningful
because it was a gift from her dearly departed brother)
- if the nature of the gift is inappropriate given the nature of the
services and/or your professional role (e.g., if Cleo gives you a sample
of drugs that she found helpful in reducing her anxiety)
As a social worker, your primary commitment is to your client
(Standard 1.01). The main interest to consider is the impact of
gift-giving on the client. If gift-giving is an authentic expression of
the client’s gratitude, then the principle of self-determination
suggests that social workers should honor the client’s wishes. The
client may feel a sense of pride and satisfaction from being able to
thank the worker with a gift. However, if the client feels exploited or
manipulated—or if the client receives inappropriate services as a result
of gift-giving—then encouraging or accepting the gift would be
So, under what circumstances might accepting gifts be ethically justifiable?
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Summer 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Summer issue:
Student Role Model - Elizabeth Gamarra (in PDF format only)
loves gifts, but being offered a gift from clients may be cause for
celebration, cause for concern, or both for social workers. more
(Caring, Action, Leadership, Mindfulness) is a new project at the
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh that offers two MSW students a paid
internship experience in campus violence prevention. more
have most likely heard these before, but we can all use a reminder.
Why? Because social workers keep making these easily avoidable job
search errors. more
must overcome the notion that physical and mental health are separate
domains. Instead, we can foster a teamwork approach among clients and
staff as we promote opportunities to address both physical and mental
health needs. more
often, when we think of victims or survivors of interpersonal violence,
specifically sexual assault, we think of girls and women. In reality
and throughout history, boys and men have also experienced sexual
face-to-face time with colleagues at conferences is invigorating.
Technology can enrich the experience. Social workers relate their
favorite ways to use tech at conferences. more
aging families struggle with the uncertain future of keeping aging
parents safe and comfortable. Social workers can assist them in sorting
out the realities of their unique family circumstances. more
and other forms of training on poverty offer options for agencies to
bridge the gap with their multi-disciplinary staff. However, not all
poverty trainings are equal in quality or ideological viewpoints. more
I need a Ph.D. to publish?” and “Don’t journal articles only come from
authors associated with a university?” The answers are a resounding “no”
and “no.” more
term “toxic masculinity” can describe a set of very narrow standards,
behaviors, and expectations for manhood and masculinity that values
dominance, power, and control and devalues empathy, the acknowledgment
of emotions, and other traits. more
Addison Cooper reviews the movie GIFTED. more
Book review of Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human more
Book review of Health Care as a Right of Citizenship: The Continuing Evolution of Reform more
Book review of Strategies for Deconstructing Racism in the Health and Human Services more
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please dowload the PDF. You can also watch my Video Table of Contents
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caring and useful resource for helping professionals concerned
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Work, University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine University,
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BEDTIME READING/GIFTS FOR SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES
What does a life in social work look like?
You might look at it
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Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Ogden W. Rogers is a
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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
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NASW, CSWE, ASWB, and CSWA Release New Technology Standards for Social Workers
The new Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice were released on June 22, 2017, after two years of work by the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, the Association of Social Work Boards, and the Clinical Social Work Association. The standards include four sections: Provision of Information to the Public; Designing and Delivering Services; Gathering, Managing, and Storing Information; and Social Work Education and Supervision. There are 55 standards, a glossary, and list of resources.
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