Help That’s Professional
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.
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|
|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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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:
- Dignity and Worth
- Importance of Relationships
- Social Justice
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.
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.
We practice within our abilities and strive to develop and gain knowledge and skills that we can apply in practice.
We challenge injustice in the world. Particularly on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups.