Professional Standards

Help That’s Professional

Educated

There are more than 600,000 professional social workers in the United States who have committed their lives to making a difference. They’ve all earned bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral social work degrees, and have completed a required number of hours in supervised fieldwork.

Experienced

Social workers take pride in being the only professionals trained to work with people in their environment, looking at all dimensions of the individual’s life. Our training comes from a nationwide system of accredited education programs, and is reinforced with practice standards, credentials, and state licensing regulations.

NASW Practice Standards

The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior; of social and economic, and cultural institutions, and of the interaction of all these factors as well as skills in developing relationships, brokering and accessing services, assessing needs and facilitating change.   The NASW Practice Standards address  quality social work practice on the following issues:

Substance Use Disorders Continuing Education
Technology Adolescents
Health Care Genetics
Clinical Social Work Cultural Competence
Child Welfare Personnel Practices
Palliative Care School Social Work
Long-Term Care Case Management
Social Work Practice with Family
Caregivers of Older Adults
     

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Ethical

We blend our education and experience with a strong code of ethics. Every social worker values these principles because they prepare us to help people with life’s challenges.

Our Code of Ethics addresses:
  • Service
  • Dignity and Worth
  • Importance of Relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence
  • Social Justice
Service

Social workers elevate service to others above self-interest.   We help people in need and address social problems.   We volunteer some portion of our professional skills with no expectation of financial return.

Dignity and Worth

We value every person and treat them with respect, no matter their differences.

Importance of Relationships

We understand that having relationships helps. We seek to strengthen relationships among people to promote, restore, maintain, and enhance the well-being of individuals, families, social groups, organizations, and communities.

Integrity

Every relationship we have is built on trust. Every day we are aware of our core values, and the ethical principles that we abide by.

Competence

We practice within our abilities and strive to develop and gain knowledge and skills that we can apply in practice.

Social Justice

We challenge injustice in the world. Particularly on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups.