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November marks several observances, including but not limited to:
- National Family Caregivers Month
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- National Hospice Palliative Care Month
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- International Survivors of Suicide Day (November 19)
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Ethics Alive! Coping With Multiple Codes of Ethics as a Social Worker
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Allan Barsky, J.D., MSW, Ph.D.
When social work students enter the profession, they may assume
that there is just one code of ethics that they need to learn and
follow. Although some social workers practice according to the tenets of
a single code of ethics (often, the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
many social workers are subject to more than one code of ethics or
standards of practice. As a family mediator, for instance, I not only
follow the NASW Code, but also the model standards of the Association of
Family and Conciliation Courts, or AFCC (http://www.afccnet.org/Resource-Center/Practice-Guidelines-and-Standards
). Likewise, there are distinct codes and standards of practice for social workers with specializations such as:
So, 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”?
Professional associations are voluntary associations, meaning
that one is not legally obligated to belong to these associations.
Although I certainly encourage all U.S. social workers to become members
of the NASW, there is no legal requirement for social workers to be
members in order to practice social work. When social workers do join
the NASW or another professional association, they are agreeing to abide
by its code of ethics.
Even if social workers do not join the NASW or another relevant
professional association, however, they would be prudent to follow
standards that apply to their areas of practice. If a social worker is
sued for malpractice, for instance, courts may look at whether the
worker complied with the NASW Code or with other relevant standards of
practice. In a lawsuit, the question is whether the social worker lived
up to a duty of care (or standards of practice) reasonably expected
within the profession and area of practice. Therefore, a professional
code of ethics may be relevant even if the social worker is not a
current member of the association.
Now, let’s assume that a social worker is striving to follow two
codes of ethics, but there are potential conflicts between their
standards. How should the worker resolve these conflicts? In some
instances, one code of ethics has a more stringent requirement than
another. For instance, the NASW Code of Ethics has an absolute, lifetime
prohibition about having sex with clients (Standard 1.09). Another
code, the American Psychological Association’s Code of Conduct, does not
have an absolute, lifetime prohibition. Under Standard 10.06, it allows
psychologists (under certain circumstances) to have sex with a former
client if at least two years have passed since termination of services.
Assume that a therapist is a member of both the NASW and the APA. This
therapist should abide by the stricter or higher standard. If
practitioners follow the lesser standard, they may be placing themselves
in ethical and legal peril.
In other cases, there may be a clear contradiction in ethical
standards. Consider the ethical obligation of mediators to be
“impartial” (AFCC, Standard IV). In contrast, the NASW Code says social
workers should be advocates for social justice, acting to eliminate
discrimination (NASW, Standard 6.04). Assume that a social worker is
mediating with a family in which men are discriminating against women.
The NASW Code suggests that the social worker needs to advocate for the
women. The AFCC Code advises the mediator to remain impartial, not
advocating for one side or the other. In this case, the conflict may be
resolved by looking at the specific role of the practitioner, including
what the client has agreed to during the informed consent process.
Social workers play a very broad range of roles, including the
roles of mediator, advocate, counselor, broker, listener, facilitator,
and organizer. Because the NASW Code is designed to cover the broad
spectrum of roles, it cannot make fine distinctions in ethical
obligations that depend on the specific role that a social worker is
playing with a particular client. So, although it is generally a social
worker’s role to advocate for social justice, this role would not fit
with a worker who is playing the role of mediator with a particular
family. In this case, the worker should follow the AFCC standards, which
are designed for this more specific role.
So, is a social worker who acts as an impartial mediator in
violation of the NASW Code’s standards related to social justice? Note
that the wording of most sections of the NASW Code say that social
workers “should....” The use of this term is deliberate, meaning that
under most circumstances, the prescribed standard for behavior is
appropriate. It also recognizes that there may be exceptions based on
particular circumstances, including the role the social worker is
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2016 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Fall issue:
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please dowload the PDF.
New on the Real World Clinical Social Work Blog:
BEDTIME READING/GIFTS FOR GRADUATES & HOLIDAYS
What does a life in social work look like?
You might look at it
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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
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Proposals for 28th Annual Conference
June 15-16, 2017, Fordham University
The 2017 NSWM international conference will gather social work, health
and human services managers and leaders in the early phase of new
presidential leadership, in the face and wake of ever-changing social
and human services landscape, lightning technological advances,
closures or mergers of nonprofit titans, sweeping changes in
nonprofit law, increasingly competitive access to or attainment of
funding, grand challenges and the need for more direct and urgent
responsive discourses or action on social injustice, inequality, and
oppression. The conference will facilitate learning and networking
exchanges for personal, professional, and organizational opportunities to
survive, thrive, and grow.
This year’s theme focuses on "The Business of Social Work"
and essential facets of leadership by strategically managing essential pillars: Mission, Morals, Morale, and Money
Specifically, the NSWM asks that all proposals address one of this year's
conference sub-themes and how it relates to one or more of the following
- Mission (existence, alignment, values, purpose, impact)
- Morals (ethics/social justice)
- Morale (employees/culture/engagement)
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The 2017 Social Work Distance Education Conference will be held April 12-14, 2017, at the Hilton Palacio del Rio in San Antonio, TX.
The social work profession strives to fight social injustices and empower underserved
communities. Through distance education, we can achieve a global
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work education provided through a distance learning platform allows
students to grow where they live, enhancing social justice and reaching
global communities. In
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share with and learn from one another. This conference provides a
platform to learn together as we create a meaningful and effective learning environment for our growing student communities.
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