1.4 Ethics and Confidentiality

RCT Session 1.4: Ethics and Confidentiality
Session 1.4: Ethics and Confidentiality
1.4.1 Understand the NASW Code of Ethics
While it is recognized that not all Social Service Specialists are Social Workers by title, the NASW
code of ethics can be a very helpful tool to guide the at times challenging scenarios that are
often faced in this work.
Professional ethics are at the core of social work. The profession has an obligation to
articulate its basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards. The NASW Code of Ethics
sets forth these values, principles, and standards to guide social workers’ conduct. The Code
is relevant to all social workers and social work students, regardless of their professional
functions, the settings in which they work, or the populations they serve. (NASW Code of
Ethics, 2008)
1. Please review the NASW code of Ethics. The NASW identifies 6 values to which social
workers should aspire. Choose two values and indicate how they correlate to your work
with families:
2. The NASW identifies 6 areas that Social Workers have an ethical responsibility to. Choose
two areas of responsibility that directly correlate to your work with families:
1.4.2 Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees
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RCT Session 1.4: Ethics and Confidentiality
1. Review Administrative Policy No. 18.64. Be prepared to discuss the Required Standards of
Behavior and Conduct and Specifically Prohibited Employee Actions with your coach and
cohort. Familiarity with this information will be required to discuss a number of ethical
1.4.3 Review the Use of Electronic Messaging Systems and Internet Administrative Policy.
Review Administrative Policy No. 15.15. In your own words summarize what is allowed and not
allowed with regards to use of the internet while at work.
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