Ethical Dilemmas Of Professional Relationships

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In any professional or business environment or field, ethics are typically very significant factors that inevitably come into play and protrude in the normal, day-to-day dynamics of the profession, and the reason for this is that professional relationships typically call for the need to integrate and implement objective perceptions and decision-making processes, and such elements leave little-to-no room for subjective opinions or emotions; thus, ethics begin to come into play when emotions and elements more associated with humanity are forced to yield to—or pushed aside for—the sake of following objective frameworks. Such scenarios are known as ethical dilemmas (MSWGuide.org, 2016). As already establish, just about every profession—whether…show more content…
Code of Ethics 1.07 explains how a social worker is to handle information about the client between three parties: the client, the social worker, and others outside of the two—including immediate family members of the client (NASW, 2008). While privacy and confidentiality are relatively similar words, it’s important to not confuse the two for each other. The applicability of either word is different, in the sense of who it’s directed to. The privacy aspect of the 1.07 code focuses on protecting the client’s rights and privacy from the social worker. In pertinent to this, 1.07 warns that “social workers should not solicit private information from clients unless it is essential to providing services or conducting social work evaluation or research” (NASW, 2008). This means that the certain empowerments given to the social worker when it comes to asking the clients questions are limited to the right to have access to only information that enable the worker to help the client in the most effective way possible. Confidentiality, on the other hand, then comes in afterwards because, as the NASW explains, “once private information is shared, standards of confidentiality apply” (NASW, 2008). In simpler terms, privacy ensures no involuntary divulging of information is transferred from the client to the worker, while confidentiality ensures that no information divulged by the client is
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