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Respond to at least two colleagues in one of the following ways:
Post the strategy you would use to address the Teen First director’s request if you were the social worker in the Bradley case.
Privacy and Confidentiality is one of the NASW Code of Ethics ethical standards and it states, “social workers should not solicit private information about clients except for compelling professional reasons (NASW Code of Ethics, 2017, 1.07.a). Social workers should protect the confidentiality of all information obtained in the course of professional service, except for compelling professional reasons (NASW Code of Ethics, 2017, 1.07.c). Social workers should inform clients, to the extent possible, about the disclosure of confidential information and the potential consequences, when feasible before the disclosure is made (NASW Code of Ethics, 2017, 1.07.d). The strategy that I would use to address the Teen First directors request, I would have to remember the above ethical standards. Tiffani is in her recovery phrase and she is moving on although she is still young. So placing her on flyers and milk cartons would make her a “poster child” for human trafficking, victimizing her again and potentially undermining her recovery process (Laureate Education, 2014).
Then, describe a hypothetical situation in which an organization’s decision conflicts with your personal/professional ethics but remains within the law.
The hypothetical situation could be having a promotion against abortion and women’s right to make that decision. Although we have plenty of people who are very argumentative when it comes to abortion, it can be very challenging as a social worker handling situations like this. According to the National Association of Social Workers (2017), “social workers should respect the dignity and worth of a person.” One way that this can be handled in an ethical way is disregarding personal bias as to remain neutral at all times in the situation when asked for support, resources, or information. That way the woman can still make her own choice.
Explain how you would respond to this situation, and why.
As Tiffani social worker I would advocate on her behalf that all precautious are being taken to protect the privacy and confidentiality of Tiffani. With Tiffani just starting treatment and posting pictures of her on papers hanging them around and milk cartons can embarrass her and have her to go back to her ways. So as her social worker I will ask for more ideas of how to get things out other than a picture of Tiffani.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). Sessions: Bradley (Episode 5 of 42) [Video file]. Retrieved on April 7, 2021 from https://class.waldenu.edu.
“National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 201.” NASW – National Association of Social Workers, 2017, retrieved on April 7, 2021 from www.socialworkers.org/about/ethics/code-of-ethics/code-of-ethics-english.
DB 2— James
Ethics and the Law
Strategy to Address the Teen First Director’s Request
It is the responsibility of the social worker to protect the confidentiality of the client. Using Tiffany Bradley’s image does not support the interest of the client, nor does it protect her privacy. “Social workers should not disclose identifying information when discussing clients for teaching or training purposes unless the client has consented to disclosure of confidential information” (National Association of Social Workers, 2017). Most individuals would like to keep their dirty secrets private, especially one that involves sex trafficking as a minor. The Teen First Director has failed to recognize the code of ethics that every social worker needs to abide by. The NASW Ethical Standards state, “Social workers should not discuss confidential information, electronically or in person, in any setting unless privacy can be ensured. Social workers should not discuss confidential information in public or semi-public areas such as hallways, waiting rooms, elevators, and restaurants” (National Association of Social Workers, 2017).
One strategy I would use to address the Teen First Director’s request is to simply but boldly remind the Director of our duty to protect the client’s right to privacy. The NASW states, “Social workers should avoid posting any identifying or confidential information about clients on professional websites or other forms of social media” (National Association of Social Workers, 2017). I would also remind the Director that Tiffany Bradley was still a minor when she was forced into sex trafficking as a prostitute. Therefore, we have a ethical responsibility to protect Tiffany from further home and a backlash of public ridicule, shaming, and potential cyber bullying. People can be cruel, and it is quite possible Tiffany’s former classmates could see the pictures of Tiffany and ridicule her. It is quite possible some mean-spirited people would label her with derogatory sexual terms generally used for prostitutes. Furthermore, the Director is placing the social worker in the uncomfortable position of breaking the NASW code of ethics. The Director has the responsibility to protect the staff and clients from harm, and not place them in compromising situations. By asking the social worker to break the privacy of Tiffany the Director has failed as a leader. “Whether in group work, organizational pursuits, or community projects, leaders engage subordinates and utilize them in their efforts to reach common goals. In all these situations, leaders have the ethical responsibilities to treat followers with dignity and respect – as human beings with unique identities” (Northouse, 2013). Indeed, it is the duty and responsibility of every leader to uphold to this code of ethics and seek what’s best not just for the organization, but their staff and client as well. This ‘respect for people’ demands that leaders be sensitive to followers’ own interests, needs, and conscientious concerns. Although all of us have an ethical responsibility to treat other people as unique human beings, leaders have a specific responsibility, because the nature of their leadership puts them in a special position in which they have a greater opportunity to influence others in significant ways” (Northouse, 2013).
Hypothetical Situation: Personal/Professional Ethics Conflict
A hypothetical situation that could cross ethical lines would be attraction between client or social worker. There have been cases of sexual misconduct and sexual affairs that break personal and professional ethics. For example, imagine if a client was attracted to their psychotherapist; would it still be wise for that psychotherapist to continue working with that particular client? Even if the psychotherapist was not mutually attracted to their client, it would be better to avoid a potentially compromising situation. Ethically, it would not be professional for the psychotherapist to continue being that client’s personal therapist. For obvious reasons, a social worker should never assume nothing will come of a client being infatuated with their therapist. Likewise, it would be unethical for a social worker to continue working with a client if they start having physical attraction for them. At all times a social worker needs to avoid unethical situations and abide by a strong personal and professional code of ethics. “Social workers are continually aware of the profession’s mission, values, ethical principles, and ethical standards and practice in a manner consistent with them. Social workers act honestly and responsibly and promote ethical practices on the part of the organizations with which they are affiliated” (National Association of Social Workers, 2017).
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
Stephenson, M. O., Jr. (2011). Considering the relationships among social conflict, social imaginaries, resilience, and community-based organization leadership. Ecology and Society, 16(1). Retrieved from http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art34/
National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English.aspx
Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). Sessions: Bradley (Episode 5 of 42) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014a). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing [Vital Source e-reader].
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