Having a Code of Ethics is part of what makes social work a profession. As social workers, we are obligated to follow the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. The NASW Code of Ethics is the most accepted code utilized, however, depending on where you practice, you would need to check with that state’s licensing board to see if there is another code of ethics that you would be obligated to follow. For your time in the program when Code of Ethics is referenced, it means the NASW Code of Ethics. For this paper you need to address the following:
- Previous knowledge of the NASW Code of Ethics
- Impressions after reading the most recent code (2021)
- In your opinion, what makes having a Code of Ethics necessary?
- Sections of the code you feel would present conflicts for you and how you would work to resolve them.
- Watch the vignette presented below
- Choose and apply one of the ethical decision-making models (Elaine Congress Model or Frederick Reamer and Sr. Ann Patrick Conrad Model) to the video vignette below. These are found in Module 1.
- Identify the ethical dilemmas presented in the vignette (there are several) and using the Ethical Principles Screen rank these in the level of importance from most to least.
- Address each of the steps of the ethical decision-making model you choose.
- You must support your answer by citing all of the specific standards that apply in the code of ethics. (ie: Conflicts of Interest 1.06(d)) not just the large section as all subsections will not apply.
- List all of the standards of the code that apply – remembering there are 6 sections of Ethical Standards with subsections that you need to review – Commitment to Clients, Colleagues, Practice Settings, As Professionals, Social Work Profession, Broader Society.