The Ethical Requirements Protecting Confidential Information

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The ethical requirements protect confidential information and only disclose such information as mandated by law or where committed by law for a valid purpose (APA, 2005). In this particular case, the social worker chose not to break confidentiality without her clients consent because there was not a valid purpose in doing so according to her code of ethics in her profession. Had she complied with the court order, she would have gone against her professions ethical code and could have faced punishment and possible loss of licensing. The justice system could not force the social worker to testify because there was no imminent danger involved. When law and ethical standard separate, confidentiality situations become very complex. On one hand, a person could not fault a social worker therapist for exposing confidential communication if ordered by the court. On the other hand, a person could reasonably question the correctness of violating the law if believed that in doing so they are behaving ethically. In the example of this case, the social worker was required by law to disclose confidential information regarding a client during the course of their social worker relationship. The social worker claimed that the law and ethical practices conflicted, making it appear that the ethical practices in question seem illegal. The social worker choose civil disobedience at her own risk, following the code of ethics provided by her practice, and could have faced legal
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