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Angela Bullock Hello Class,
Acts 20:35 reads, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
For an opportunity to earn participation credit, please share insight on how this passage aligns with the social work profession, specifically in the areas of social justice and service.
In situation one the first ethical value that is involved is a social worker’s commitment to clients. According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics (2021), the social worker’s commitment to their clients explains that the primary goal of the social worker is to promote the wellbeing of the clients. In this situation I would encourage the client to tell his or her parents about the alcohol use and that it is also harmful to the client to use such substances. This also ties into the second ethical value that can be seen in this situation, privacy, and confidentiality. Section 1.07c of the NASW Code of Ethics (2021) explains that social workers should protect the confidentiality of all information that is obtained unless it is to prevent serious harm from the client or others. Underage drinking can have serious consequences and part of a social worker’s values and principles is to prevent this type of harm. If the client will not tell his or her parents, then it is my ethical obligation to do so to prevent future harm.
Situation two reflects Informed Consent and Conflict of Interest of the NASW Code of Ethics. Part 1.03a of the Code of Ethics explains that social workers should only provide services to clients on a professional level (NASW, 2021). By accepting the offer to go out for coffee that is crossing the professional boundaries, so I would have to politely decline and explain to the client that it is not acceptable for us to cross that professional line. This also ties into the code of ethic 1.06a Conflict of Interest which states that social workers should avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with professional discretion and impartial judgment (NASW, 2021). Regardless of the intentions of the offer to get coffee with the client, it is not viewed as professional, and the relationship should not cross the professional line. If the line were to be crossed it could potentially break other ethical codes and cloud the judgment of the social worker.