In this response to the case study Mother with Addiction, I will analyze the social worker’s style of counseling by examining his goal that he set for a mother of two who is addicted to drugs and was having sex for drugs. I will scrutinize the goal for enhancement of the morality of the client by using the code of ethics to identify the ethical issues involved in the case study. I will discuss my understanding of what the role of a social worker entitles. I will identify the issues I find wrong with the intervention and offer alternative interventions using the Person-Centered approach. Then, I will break down how Carl Roger’s Personality Theory demonstrates where the client is.
Analysis of Social Workers Action While the social worker was assigned to the child welfare case he discovered that his client, who is a mother of two children, was addicted to drugs and, on many occasions would exchange sex for drugs. The social worker believed that a logical goal for his client would be to enhance the client’s morality. Accordingly, he drew up a plan, in order to help his client lead a virtuous, wholesome, and productive life.
Ethical Issues According to the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics the goal that the social worker provided for his client was against the values, ethical principles, and ethical standards that guide all social workers. First, 1.02 Self determination states: Social workers respect and promote the right of clients to
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1. The two ethical violations noted from the NASW Code of Ethics that was exhibited by the worker in the case titled No Mad Dog Looks is Commitment to Clients 1.01 which states "Social worker 's primary responsibility is to promote the well-being of clients. In general client 's interests are primary. However, social workers ' responsibility to the larger society or specific legal obligations may on limited occasions supersede the loyalty owed clients, and clients should be so advised. An example includes when a social worker is required by law to report that a client has abused a child or has threatened to harm self or others" (National Association of Social Workers, 2008). On page 111 of the article by Duncan, No Mad Dog Looks,
The section of the National Association of Social Work Ethics that will be discussed will be number four which includes Social Workers’ ethical responsibilities as professionals. This ethics code concentrates on a several different factors which include: 4.01 Competence, 4.02 discrimination, 4.03 private conduct, 4.04 dishonesty, 4.05 personal impairment, 4.06 misinterpretations, 4.07 solicitations, and 4.08 acknowledging credit.
This essay will identify key issues facing the client system and will demonstrate an intervention plan. Followed by defining the purpose of social work and the identification of the AASW Code of Ethics, in regards to the case study. Lastly, key bodies of knowledge will be identified and applied to the case study.
The eldest daughter of Celia and Hector Sanchez, Emilia Sanchez, is twenty-eight years old. As an addict Emilia has to face fighting ways to remain sober, fight for custody of her son and handle the lack of support she has from her family. Emily is facing many encounters as she battles with addiction issues and struggles to remain sober. In order to address the client’s addiction issue, a social worker has to assess the client’s needs, be able to come up with intervention and treatment techniques, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment.
The role of the social worker in this setting is to perform duties as an informed clinician based on evidence based practice to provide individualized case management to all clients. The social worker will complete a comprehensive intake assessment which includes demographics of the client, address presenting problem, and a risk assessment. Client’s also receive mental health screenings and individual and group counseling to gain new coping skills and address any triggers to prevent relapse utilizing interventions as CBT and Motivational Interviewing. The social worker will discuss limits of confidentiality and a signed informed consent from the client to receive services.
Military social workers are faced with unique challenges, as they have to not only follow the NASW Code of Ethics, but also the mission of the military. A social worker faced with this scenario has an ethical dilemma, as it involves the ethical issues of self-determination, as well as privacy-confidentiality. According to the NASW Code of Ethics, social workers encourage clients’ self-determination and help improve clients’ abilities and opportunity to change and to address their own needs (2008). The social worker in the scenario is faced with another dilemma, if they report the drug use will this cause harm to the client.
The research problem initially presented clearly within the article. According to ( Ashery, Carlson, Falck, and Siegal, 1995) the usage of examples to support the claims that further examination is required to understand the relationship between drug users and social services. It further explains perceptions and experiences among drug users. However, it would appear that the research problem was expanded to include emerging patterns that were observed over the decades by social workers. The additional information created confusion and difficulties understanding the flow of the document. The author questions if there is a correlation to drug users, the accessibility to basic needs and AIDS risk reduction intervention programs to the reduction. The author made several statements that there is additional supporting evidence that is
As a student of social work, we are required to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the NASW Code of Ethics. Within the context of the Code of Ethics, it is my desire to be fully immersed in the broad ethical principles based on social work’s core values of service, social justice, dignity, and worth of the person,
There are numerous ethical issues a counselor must confront during their work; dual relationships and confidentiality being two of them and are going to be discussed here. Both are important to both the client and the profession, as they set the expectations for how counselors are to act professionally (Miller, 2015). Ethical principles “direct the moral and value-based decisions that affect the counseling process” (p. 557). Without them, the profession lacks these moral and value-based directives and the ship that is “addiction counseling” has no rudder. It is directionless and adrift.
Moreover, this case should be analyzed based on the information provided by the NASW Code of Ethics. The ethical principle included in the NASW Code of Ethics (2008) states that “social worker’s primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems…Social workers seek to resolve conflicts between clients’ interests and the broader society’s interests in a socially responsible manner” (p.5). Suzanne’s social worker would only have to seek for Suzanne’s well-being because if Suzanne and Cindy get separated, they can lose contact, which would affect Suzanne 's emotions.
Since the profession was recognized many concerns arose regarding the values and ethics of social workers. The key points of the NASW Code of Ethics, the CSWE Educational Policy and Standards, and HIPAA will be summarized. Some of the most challenging ethical issues facing social workers and the social work profession today, have been explored. The core values of the
Social workers who work in the area of substance abuse concentrates on specific clients that have an addiction problem and those who are abusing different drug substances. Social workers who are working and dealing with cases of substance abuse can help clients on their journey to rehabilitation by being supportive, offering encouragement, and making the path to restoration a slightly easier. Social workers in this field use their knowledge and abilities to comprehend the needs of the client in relation to their substance abuse problems. The social worker measures the client to understand the severity of the substance abuse in order to know how to deal with the client. Social workers experienced in substance misuse and addiction often work as part of a team with other specialists, particularly licensed alcohol and drug therapists, doctors, and nurses.
Improving the lives of individuals is the objective of the social work profession. There is six values within National Association of Social work Code of Ethics (NASW): Service, Social Justice, Dignity, and Self-worth of the person, Importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. These values are for social workers and their work with the client(s). Regardless of one’s race, religious belief, sex or sexual orientation each value benefits all individuals. Social workers should always practice professional values. Clients suffer from when the social worker does not uphold values. Code of Ethics is established for all social workers to obey and follow them. In this this paper, I will discuss the how “Importance of Human Relationship” will be the easiest to uphold and how “Social Justice” will challenge me as a social worker working with future clients, community and organizations.
The social work profession consists of the six core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. These core values are portrayed within the roles of this profession by assessing and evaluating client’s needs, advocating for improving community resources, managing crisis situations, providing therapeutic support, and referring client’s to beneficial services. As well as, developing a dual client relationship to strengthen the helping process and treating each client ethically. Social workers are constantly progressing their professional expertise. They do this
During the treatment and assessment of drug or alcohol users, social workers must put their own morals and opinions aside in order to properly assess those who are afflicted by addiction (Boyle et al, 2009). Subsequently it is important for social workers to know themselves as individuals and professionals when facilitating those they are trying to help. The social workers’ approach to the client can help determine the foundation for intervention techniques. However, in order for a social worker to fully understand the client who suffers from substance abuse, it is important to know the neurological effects that the client endures in order to ultimately gain a better understanding of treatment methods.