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Discussion 1: Ethical Considerations
The National Association of Social Workers has established the Code of Ethics for social work practice. The code is used in all areas of social work practice, including macro social work. Ethical considerations can occur in any social work setting. It is important to understand the application of the Code of Ethics to all system sizes.
Social work practice principles include access to services, confidentiality, and accountability. These are some of the principles grounded in the Code of Ethics, which helps to promote the professionalism of the worker and the client’s rights to fair treatment. In this Discussion, you will consider the Code of Ethics and its guiding principles as they apply to macro practice.
For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources and the NASW Code of Ethics.
Post the following:
- Provide one example of an ethical consideration in macro practice.
- Explain how the NASW Code of Ethics would address this issue.
- Explain how you could guide in developing ethical skills to work with larger communities and organizations.
- Discussion 2 -Identifying as a Professional Social Worker, the Code of Ethics and Your Field PlacementTo be a professional social worker means embodying the knowledge and standards of the profession. The NASW Code of Ethics is considered one of the bedrocks on which our profession is based and serves as a guiding document for the profession and for the every-day practice of social workers. In this discussion post, you will explore the Code of Ethics and discuss how it has relevance to you and to your field placement.
To prepare, take some time to review the NASW’s Code of Ethics. Write a reflection incorporating the following:
- In your own words, what is stated as the primary mission of the social work profession? How would you describe this to a friend or family member?
- Define what constitutes an ethical dilemma. Give an example of an ethical dilemma that you might encounter in field. This could involve your own actions, those of a supervisor or an agency policy. What part of the Code of Ethics applies to this particular ethical dilemma? What would you do to address the situation? Be specific in identifying your dilemma and in identifying what part of the Code of Ethics applies.