NASW Code of Ethics (1 Credit Hour)

Program summary: The NASW Code of Ethics sets forth basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards to be used as a guide for social workers’ conduct and practice.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course does not meet continuing education requirements for National Certified Counselors.

Publisher: The National Association of Social Workers

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Program objectives:  To enhance social work knowledge, practice, and values by identifying core values, ethical principles, and ethical responsibilities.

Learning objectives:  1.  Identify the core values embraced by social work.  2. Identify the six ethical principles based on social work’s core values.  3.  Identify the six ethical standards that are relevant to the social work profession.

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1: According to the Preamble, social workers' primary responsibility is to promote the well-being of
2: Ethical Standard 1.01   Which is an example of when a social worker may limit a client’s right to self-determination?
3: Ethical Standard 1.05   Understanding culture and social diversity is an example of
4: Ethical Standard 1.07   Social workers may disclose confidential information
5: Ethical Standard 1.11  Sexual harassment includes
6: Ethical Standard 1.17  Social workers in fee for service settings may terminate services to clients who are not paying an overdue balance if
7: Ethical Standard 2.06  Social workers who function as supervisors or educators should not engage in sexual activities or contact with
8: Ethical Standard 2.08  Social workers who have direct knowledge of a social work colleague’s impairment that is due to personal problems, psychosocial distress, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties and that interferes with practice effectiveness should consult with that colleague when feasible and assist the colleague in taking remedial action.
9: Ethical Standard 3.03   Performance evaluation that is fair and considerate is an example of
10: Ethical Standard 3.10  It is unethical for social workers to engage in organized action, including the formation of and participation in labor unions.
11: Ethical Standard 4.01  Striving to become and remain proficient in professional practice is an example of
12: Ethical Standard 5.01  Working to advance the values, ethics, knowledge and mission of the social work profession is an example of
13: Ethical Standard 5.02  When evaluation or research participants are incapable of giving informed consent, the social worker should
14: Ethical Standard 6.03  Providing social work services in public emergencies would be an example of

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social workers completing this course receive 1 ethics continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.