Social Work Programs

August 7, 2011

Social Work Ethics Training

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social work ethics training 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.

Topics covered by social work ethics trainingsvary in scope and depth. Social work ethics trainings can address legal aspects of clinical practice, such as custody arrangements for children, documentation, fraudulent billing practices, or assessing suicide risk. Personal versus professional boundaries are another category addressed by social work ethics trainings, such as defining the client-therapist relationship, when to refer to another provider, or providing therapy to more than one family member. History and theories surrounding social work ethics are other topics that can lead social work ethics trainings, and allow participants to understand how the current code of ethics and concepts of ethical practice have evolved over time. While social work ethics training typically addresses the direct, clinical relationship between a practitioner and a client, there are also social work ethics trainings that can relate to social workers engaged in indirect practice. These may include issues related to supervision, misconduct in the workplace, dual relationships, administrative responsibilities, or other situations in which the social worker is in more of an indirect practice role.

Social workers can find opportunities to earn ethics training credits at a number of different places. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers plenty of opportunities for social work ethics training, both in person and online. Currently, NASW offers five separate courses that provide social work ethics training online, such as “Social Work Leadership in Law and Ethics” and “Managing High-Risk Clinical Practice.” Ethics training courses typically cost anywhere from between $20 to $120 depending on who hosts the training and how long it lasts. Various private companies also offer both on-site and online trainings to fulfill ethics requirements.

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