Ethics training is required for the vast majority of licensed clinical social workers in the United States. All social workers are required to adhere to the Code of Ethics, which serves as a detailed guide to how to handle both daily professional interactions as well as special situations. In order to maintain adherence to these guidelines, and to ensure social workers are aware of how to respond to situations, social work ethics training is provided as a way to address some of these issues.
Social work ethics training is also often a requirement for licensed clinical social workers, depending on the state issuing the license. Social workers often are required to fulfill certain quotas for ethics training within the licensure period. For example, licensed clinical social workers in North Carolina are required to attend 4.0 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every two years in order to maintain their licensure. (more…)