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The National Association of Social Workers -- Code of Ethics (2008)
Approved by the 1996 NASW Delegate Assembly and revised by the 2008 NASW Delegate Assembly
[Answer 25 of 35 questions correctly to receive
3 hours of continuing education credit.]
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PREAMBLE
1. Social workers strive to enhance the basic well-being of all people, with particular attention to those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.
a. True
b. False

2. This code contains everything social workers need to know about making ethical decisions in all their work situations. They do not need to consult outside sources of laws and ethics.
a. True
b. False

3. This code appeals to individuals of good character who discern moral questions and, in good faith, seek to make reliable ethical judgments.
a. True
b. False

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
(Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity, Competence)


4. Social workers are encouraged to volunteer some portion of their time and professional skills without expecting financial compensation (pro bono service).
a. True
b. False

5. Social workers should treat their clients according to how their clients treat them.
a. True
b. False

ETHICAL STANDARDS

1. SOCIAL WORKERS' ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO CLIENTS

1.01 Commitment to Clients

6. A social worker's primary loyalty is to the well-being of clients. However, this loyalty can be superseded if the law requires the social worker to report that a client has threatened harm to self or others, or has abused a child.
a. True
b. False

1.03 Informed Consent

7. If a client lacks the capacity to provide informed consent, social workers can seek permission from a third party who acts in a manner consistent with the client's wishes and interests.
a. True
b. False

1.04 Competence

8. A social worker may use a new intervention technique or approach immediately after reading about it in a book.
a. True
b. False

1.05 Cultural Competence and Social Diversity
9. Social workers should be knowledgeable about social diversity and oppression within their clients' cultures.
a. True
b. False

1.06 Conflicts of Interests
10. A social worker may not testify in a child custody dispute if both parents have been clients of that social worker.
a. True
b. False

1.07 Privacy and Confidentiality

11. If a social worker is required by law to disclose confidential information, the social worker does not need to inform the client of this disclosure.
a. True
b. False

12. Social workers can disclose confidential information to third-party payers without consent from their clients.
a. True
b. False

13. Social workers should not discuss confidential information of their clients in hallways, waiting rooms, elevators, or restaurants.
a. True
b. False

1.09 Sexual Relationships

14. A social worker may not engage in sexual activity with a client unless the client consents to having sex.
a. True
b. False

15. Social workers should not engage in sexual contact with former clients.
a. True
b. False

1.10 Physical Contact
1.11 Sexual Harassment
1.12 Derogatory Language

16. Social workers may not caress their clients, make sexual advances, or use derogatory language.
a. True
b. False

1.13 Payment for Services
17. Social workers accepting goods or services (bartering) as payment for professional services is a widely accepted practice.
a. True
b. False

1.16 Termination of Services
18. Social workers in fee-for-service settings may terminate services to clients who are not paying an overdue balance if the financial contractual arrangements were made clear to the client.
a. True
b. False

2. SOCIAL WORKERS’ ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO COLLEAGUES

2.03 Interdisciplinary Collaboration

19. If a social worker who is a member of an interdisciplinary team witnesses the unethical action of a colleague, the social worker's first response should be to leave the team.
a. True
b. False

2.07 Sexual Relationships
20. Social workers who are supervisors or educators may never engage in sexual activities with supervisees, students, trainees, or other colleagues over whom they exercise professional authority.
a. True
b. False

2.09 Impairment of Colleagues

21. If a social worker has direct knowledge of a colleague's drinking problem, the social worker's first response is to report the colleague to the appropriate authorities.
a. True
b. False

2.11 Unethical Conduct of Colleagues

22. The first thing social workers should do when observing a colleague acting unethically is to discuss their concerns with the colleague when such a discussion is likely to be productive.
a. True
b. False


3. SOCIAL WORKERS’ ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN PRACTICE SETTINGS

3.01 Supervision and Consultation
3.02 Education and Training

23. Social workers should not engage in any dual relationships in which there is a risk of exploitation of or potential harm to the supervisee or student.
a. True
b. False

3.05 Client Records

24. Social workers must store their records for 5 years. After that, they can be destroyed.
a. True
b. False

3.06 Client Transfer

25. A social worker may never accept a new client who is currently being helped by another agency.
a. True
b. False

3.08 Continuing Education and Staff Development

26. Social work administrators and supervisors should arrange for continuing education and development for their staff which addresses current knowledge and emerging developments related to social work practice and ethics.
a. True
b. False

3.09 Commitments to Employers
27. Social workers are allowed to violate the NASW Code of Ethics if their employers' regulations allow for this violation.
a. True
b. False

4. SOCIAL WORKERS' ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES AS PROFESSIONALS

4.02 Discrimination

28. Social workers may not discriminate on the basis of a person's religion.
a. True
b. False

4.05 Impairment
29. Social workers who have a hidden drinking problem may continue to see a full load of clients in their practice because their drinking is not interfering with their work.
a. True
b. False

4.07 Solicitations
30. Social workers can ask their satisfied clients for testimonial endorsements.
a. True
b. False

5. SOCIAL WORKERS' ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION

5.01 Integrity of the Profession

31. Social workers should act to prevent those who are unauthorized or unqualified from the practice of social work.
a. True
b. False

5.02 Evaluation and Research
32. Social workers engaged in research do not need to obtain written consent from research participants. Verbal consent is sufficient.
a. True
b. False

33. Research participants may not leave a project before it is finished.
a. True
b. False

34. Social workers should keep their research participants' identities confidential.
a. True
b. False

6. SOCIAL WORKERS' ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE BROADER SOCIETY

35. Social workers should promote the general welfare of society, with special attention given to the vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited people and groups.
a. True
b. False