Reporting unethical conduct of colleagues can be a challenging situation -- it is up to the social worker to discuss her concerns with her colleague. If the situation does not resolve, she must take action, such as reporting the colleague's behavior to the state licensing board or the NASW. Ethical considerations in practice settings might appear difficult and open to interpretation at times. This is a broad area for consideration that covers a range of practice issues. Some ethical and legal issues in practice settings may include dual relationships involving supervisors and supervisees, staying current with changes to the field by participating in regular continuing education courses, and maintaining ethical billing practices, such as avoiding double billing or only billing for services that were provided.
Social Work, Law and Ethics
An article for the NASW's FOCUS newsletter points out a few interesting practice dilemmas that social workers might face, such as billing under false names or under false circumstances or interviewing children without their parents' consent. By calling yourself a social worker, you also have a responsibility to maintain the integrity of the profession.
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Some of the legal and ethical issues that can arise in this area include practicing within your area of competence, avoiding dishonesty and fraud, not allowing conduct in your private life to interfere with your professional role, and dealing with personal issues, such as psychological impairment or substance abuse, so that they do not affect your professional responsibilities.
Social workers also have a commitment to society as a whole. They must work to promote social justice and public welfare, and should not participate in activities that promote inequality or discrimination. Instead, social workers should engage in political and social action that ultimately results in reducing barriers and promotes the betterment of society and social inclusion.
Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist.
She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.
Skip to main content. Clients A social worker's commitment is first and foremost to her clients. Colleagues Social workers may also face legal and ethical issues when interacting with other professionals. Practice Settings Ethical considerations in practice settings might appear difficult and open to interpretation at times. Danielle Steel.
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