Here's a section of
the NASW Code of Ethics that doesn't seem particularly complicated,
but still may show up on the licensing exam. Maybe that's because
of it's simplicity. From the Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
section of the Code, here's 2.11
Reporting Unethical Conduct:
(a) Social workers should take adequate measures to discourage,
prevent, expose, and correct the unethical conduct of
(b) Social workers should be knowledgeable about established
policies and procedures for handling concerns about colleagues'
unethical behavior. Social workers should be familiar with
national, state, and local procedures for handling ethics
complaints. These include policies and procedures created by NASW,
licensing and regulatory bodies, employers, agencies, and other
(c) Social workers who believe that a colleague has acted
unethically should seek resolution by discussing their concerns
with the colleague when feasible and when such discussion is likely
to be productive.
(d) Social workers should defend and assist colleagues who are
unjustly charged with unethical conduct.
Part of what the licensing board is aiming to do is ensure
licensed social workers aren't unnecessarily combative--that they
play well with others. What do you do if you suspect a
colleague is acting unethically? The FIRST, BEST, MOST appropriate
answer is...to talk to the colleague (per C above). Social workers
are helpers and talkers. Be ready for an exam item that checks to
make sure you understand that.
For more on this topic, see this
entry from the NASW's Ethical Dilemma of the Month series. For
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