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Course Syllabus

Course Summary

Practice Level: Beginner

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) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation 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.
  • 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



Accreditation Approval Statements

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 2 ethics continuing education credits.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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