Cloned from: More Code of Ethics



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Three responsibilities of NASW
1. strengthen, unify the profession
2. promote the development of SW practice
3. advance sound social policies
Mission of SW profession
~enhance human well-being
~help meet basic needs of all people
~esp people in poverty or vulnerable
Interventions to promote social justice and social change
1. direct practice
2. comm organizing
3. supervision
4. consultation
5. administration
6. advocacy
7. social and political action
8. policy dev, implementation
9. education
10. research/eval
Six Core Values
1. service
2. social justice
3. dignity, worth of person
4. importance of human r'ships
5. integrity
6. competence
Six Purposes of Code
1. identify core values...base mission
2. broad ethical principles, specific ethical standards
3. identify relevant consideration during ethical or prof conflicts
4. provide ethical standards public can expect from SWs
5. socializes new practitioners to mission, values, ethical principles and standards
6. standards to which SWs can use to assess un/ethical conduct
Ethical Decision Making
~no principle more important than another
~use principles in context
~consider how decision would be peer reviewed
~remain consistent with spirit as well as letter of the code
~use other sources of ethical info if needed
~be aware of conflicts of interest/dual r'ships
Value: Service
Principle: SWs primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems
~service above self-interest
~use knowledge, values, skills
Value: Social Justice
Principle: SWs challenge social injustice
~focused on poverty, unemployment, discrimination
~promote sensitivity to and reduce oppression of diversity
~ensure access to info and equal opportunity
Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person
Principle: SWs respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.
~enhance capacity and opportunity to change
~responsibility to pts and society--resolve conflicts appropriately
Value: Importance of Human Relationships
Principle: SWs recognize the central importance of human r'ships.
~r'ships are important vehicle for change
~strengthen, restore, maintain r'ships btwn pts, families, groups, comms
Value: Integrity
Principle: SWs bx in a trustworthy manner.
~aware of mission, values, ethical principles and standards
~bx honestly, promote ethical practices
Value: Competence
Principle: SWs practice w/in their areas of competence and develop and enhance prof expertise.
~strive to increase knowledge base, skills and apply them
~contribute to knowledge base of prof.
Responsibilities to Clients: Commitment to Clients
pt's interests are primary unless there is superceding responsibility to society (ex: 51A)
Responsibilities to Clients: Self-Determination
respect, promote self-deter; help clarify goals; only limit right when pt's actions could risk harm to self or others
Responsibilities to Clients: Informed Consent
only provide services w/informed consent; inform re: insurance issues and other issues re: service provided; provide translators when needed; use guardians but seek assent
Responsibilities to Clients: Competence
practice w/in area of competence; use consult, ed, supervision in new areas; take reasonable steps to ensure competence to avoid harm
Responsibilities to Clients: Cultural Competence and Social Diversity
understand culture, its fx and strengths; demonstrate cultural sensitivity; seek ed and to appreciate diversity
Responsibilities to Clients: Conflicts of Interest
be alert to, and inform pts of, conflicts of interest; do not take advantage of pts; no dual r'ships; clarify confidentiality during family, couples, etc tx
Responsibilities to Clients: Privacy and Confidentiality
only get needed private info; disclose only w/consent unless threat of harm and only the info needed; discuss limits of privacy w/pts; privacy in group, couples, etc tx can't be guaranteed; protect records; protect deceased pts as such
Responsibilities to Clients: Access to Records
pts get reasonable access; limit access only when risk of harm
Responsibilities to Clients: Sexual Relationships
no sexual r'ships w/pts, former pts or their family, friends; no services to former sexual partners
Responsibilities to Clients: Physical Contact
don't engage if there is risk of harm; set proper boundaries if you do
Responsibilities to Clients: Sexual Harrassment
don't sexually harrass pts
Responsibilities to Clients: Derogatory Language
don't use with or about pts
Responsibilities to Clients: Payment for Services
fees are fair, reasonable, commensurate; no bartering; no referral fees given or received
Responsibilities to Clients: Clients who Lack Decision-Making Capacity
take reasonable steps to safeguard interests and rights of these pts
Responsibilities to Clients: Interruption of Services
reasonable effort to ensure continuity of tx in case of death, unavailability, relocation, etc.
Responsibilities to Clients: Termination of Services
terminate tx no longer needed; reasonable steps to not abandon; do not term to pursue r'ship; proper transfer procedure in clinic setting
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Respect
treat colleagues w/respect; no gossiping negatively; cooperate when it serves interests of pts
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Confidentiality
respect info shared by colleages in course of r'ships and transactions
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Interdisciplinary Collaboration
draw on ethical, prof responsibilities of SW; unethical team decisions should be resolved thru appropriate channels first
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Disputes Involving Colleagues
don't take advantage of disput btwn colleagues to advance one's own interest; don't exploit pts in conflicts w/colleagues
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Consultation
seek when needed to serve pt; stay informed about colleagues' areas of competence; seek consultation only from people who are competent in this area; disclose as little info as possible
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Referral for Services
refer pts to other professionals when they are more competent; facilitate transfer; no referrral fees given or received
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Sexual Relationships
supervisors should not have sex w/supervisees; no sex w/colleagues if there is risk of harm
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Sexual Harrassment
don't harrass supervisees, students, trainees, or colleagues
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Impairment of Colleagues
w/direct knowledge of impairment, go to colleague first, help them take action; go through other agencies, boards, orgs, etc. if needed
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Incompetence of Colleagues
w/direct knowledge, consult w/colleague, help them take action; go through other agencies, boards, orgs, etc if necessary
Responsibilities to Colleagues: Unethical Conduct of Colleagues
discourage, expose unethical bx; discuss unethical bx w/colleague first, then boards, orgs, etc if needed; defend those unjustly accused of ethical bx
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Supervision and Consultation
provide supervision, consult only in areas of competence; set clear boundaries; no dual relationshps; evaluate in fair and respectful manner
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Education and Training
teach only in areas of competence; evaluate in a fair, respectful manner; inform pts when tx is done by student; no dual r'ships when there is risk of harm
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Performance Evaluation
evaluate others in fair, considerate manner
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Client Records
records should be accurate, timely, reveal privacy to smallest degree possible; store records to ensure reasonable future access, to standard of law or third party payer
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Billing
should be accurate (ID nature, extent of services) and identify who provided the service
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Client Transfer
thoughtful approach when accepting transfer, consider current needs and tx; have pt's best interest in mind
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Administration (i.e., for administrators)
advocate for adequate resources to meet pts' needs; fair resource allocation, no discrimination; provide appropriate supervision to all; ensure that setting is up to Code of Ethics
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Continuing Education and Staff Development
administrators, supervisors should provide training, ed for staff, re: current knowledge, emerging developments
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Commitments to Employers
generally adhere to policy; improve policies, procedures, efficiency, efficacy; org should run w/Code; prevent discrimination; use $ prudently
Responsibilities in Practice Settings: Labor-Management Disputes
striking is okay; be guided by values, ethical principles, ethical standards
Responsibilities as Professionals: Competence
work only in areas of competency (or will be acquiring); remain proficient, keep current; base practice on established knowledge
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