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MLK & the Code of Ethics

March_on_WashingtonMLK Day invites a wave of well-meaning social media posts about fighting the good fight, the arc of justice, having a dream… For social workers, all of those are meant to be an everyday part of the role. That's spelled out in a big, detailed, crucial section of the NASW Code of Ethics. It's chock full of shoulds-not "if possible" or "should try to"-but a stand-alone should. Eg, "Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully." That's good and clear. MLK Day seems like a good time ask ourselves if we're living up to that call. Here's the section in full:

6. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society

6.01 Social Welfare
Social workers should promote the general welfare of society, from local to global levels, and the development of people, their communities, and their environments. Social workers should advocate for living conditions conducive to the fulfillment of basic human needs and should promote social, economic, political, and cultural values and institutions that are compatible with the realization of social justice.

6.02 Public Participation
Social workers should facilitate informed participation by the public in shaping social policies and institutions.

6.03 Public Emergencies
Social workers should provide appropriate professional services in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible.

6.04 Social and Political Action
(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.

(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity for all people, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, and exploited people and groups.

(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social justice for all people.

(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical ability.

Will this be on the test? Yes. The exam most likely and the test that is every day life for sure. Good luck! And thanks for all you do.

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Research Scales and the Social Work Exam

apple or donutHere's a quick research design practice question:

What type of scale is being used in a research question offering two choices, A and B?

A. Nominal

B. Ordinal

C. Interval

D. Ratio

Did you cover this material in school? If not, this page will get you up to speed. Let's take these from the bottom up.

A ratio scale can offer choices like 1-3, 4-6, 7-9. The most detailed option for researchers.

Interval scales offer rank order, equal spacing, but no true zero. Think of spots on a number line.

Ordinal scales is best for assessing ranking, order, or scaling-eg, rate your experience from 1-10.

Nominal scales offer simple choices. A or B or multiple choice. The ASWB exam is chock full of nominal scale questions. And so is the example. The correct answer: A, Nominal.

Will this be on the test?

Maybe. Research design isn't essential to beginning social work practice--and that's what the ASWB exam is designed to assess: Does the social worker have the knowledge, skills, and abilities for beginner social work practice? That means study the Code of Ethics up and down, backwards and forwards. It's essential. Understand basic assessment and interventions. Diagnostic questions will appear more and more as exams get more difficult, from Bachelor to Master's to Clinical. You can't know everything there is to know about social work and the ASWB doesn't expect you to. But you can have the essentials down.

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