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NASW Code of Ethics

Author: NASW

Course Created: 2006

Practice Level: Indroductory

No book to buy Duration: 2 hours
4.7 out of 5.0, Based on: 10,516 reviews

Course Summary

This course is based on the NASW Code of Ethics, the document that summarizes the basic values, ethical principles and ethical standards of the Social Work profession. The participant will study the Code of Ethics then demonstrate their level of competency by taking a posttest.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the purpose of the Ethics Code.
  • Describe privacy and confidentiality.
  • Explain guidelines governing sexual relationships with clients.
  • Describe informed consent.

Course Syllabus

  • Purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics
  • Ethical Principles
  • Ethical Standards
  • Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities to Clients
  • Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
  • Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities in Practice Settings
  • Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities as Professionals
  • Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities to the Social Work Profession
  • Social Worker's Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society Is approved by the American Psychological Association To sponsor continuing education For psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers:, #1115, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: [8/8/2018-8/8/2021]. Social workers completing this course receive 2 ethics Online continuing education credits.


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