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Professional and Ethical Behaviors for Social Work Practice




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Course level: Undergraduate

Social workers are held to an advanced level of professionalism through a code of ethics and practice standards. Students learn how to adhere to these ethical and legal aspects in their work, maintain proper self-care, and be supportive of their discipline¿s role and responsibilities, which relies on respecting client self-determination, human rights, multiculturalism, and ethnic diversity.



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Introduction to Personal Ethics and the Counselor as a Person and a Professional

  • Describe the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics
  • Describe ethical decision-making for social work practice.
  • Determine the role of the social worker in an ethical, helping relationship.
  • Describe the implementation of evidence-based interventions.

Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Issues

  • Describe the cultural values, beliefs, and assumptions of helping professionals and their clients.
  • Identify the limitations of cultural tunnel vision, stereotypes, and racism
  • Explain the importance of cultural diversity for social work practitioners

Client Rights, Counselor Responsibilities, and Legal Considerations

  • Identify ethical issues related to informed consent, case note documentation, record keeping, and online therapy.
  • Describe the concept of malpractice, liability, and risk management
  • Explain ethical considerations for special groups

Professional Competence, Training, and Ethical Supervision

  • Determine professional competence and training for ethical social work practice.
  • Identify issues in social work practice theory

Ethical Issues in Couples, Family Therapy, Group Work, Community, and Social Justice Perspectives

  • Describe ethical social work practice for couples and family therapy
  • Describe ethical social work practice for groups.
  • Explain the ethics of social policies for social work practice for marginalized groups.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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