Ethics for Clinical Social Workers

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CEU Course Description

When clinical social workers are engaged with clients, they may face concerns related to competence, social diversity, informed consent, conflicts of interest, privacy, and confidentiality, as well as other issues. Social workers should understand the history of ethical standards in the social work profession, address competency and professional integrity, and review their ethical responsibilities of practice in social work settings.

Author: Kimberly H. Fortin, LCSW-R

References / Contributions by:

  1. Barsky, A. (2018). Serious Imminent Harm to Nonidentifiable Others: Updated Exceptions to Confidentiality. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 23(1), 341–353.
  2. CSWE. (Retrieved, November 2021). National Statement on Research Integrity in Social Work
  3. NASW. Code of Ethics. (June, 2021).
  4. Zur, Ofer. (2018). Therapeutic Boundaries and Dual Relationships in Rural Practice. Ethical, Clinical and Standard of Care Considerations. https://

CEU Couse Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical principles, core values, and ethical standards that should be used to guide social work practice.
  2. Recognize conflicts of interest and how they may interfere with professional discretion and impartial judgment. 
  3. Examine criteria of informed consent and how to present risks and benefits of services. 
  4. Identify how to protect privacy and confidentiality and what are compelling professional reasons to disclose client information. 
  5. Examine the multi-dimensions of cultural competence.
  6. Recognize the differences between ethical decision-making models. 
  7. Examine the recent addition of professional and personal self-care to the NASW Code of Ethics.

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Introduction
  2. The History of Ethical Standards in the Social Work Profession
  3. NASW Ethical Values & Principles
  4. The Process of Pursuing Ethical Standards
  5. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Clients
  6. Social Worker Competence
  7. Cultural Competence and Social Diversity
  8. Conflicts of Interests
  9. Dual Relationships
  10. Privacy and Confidentiality
  11. Confidentiality with Minors
  12. Duty to Warn
  13. Technology & Ethics
  14. TeleMental Health
  15. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
  16. NASW Professional Review
  17. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities in Practice Settings
  18. Education and Training
  19. Client Records
  20. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities as Professionals
  21. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Social Work Profession
  22. Evaluation and Research
  23. Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society
  24. Ethical Decision-Making Process/Guidelines
  25. Ethics of Self-Care
  26. Conclusion
  27. References
  28. Appendix A: Informed Consent
  29. Appendix B: Ethical Principles
  30. Appendix C: Informed Consent for Telemental Health
  31. Appendix D: Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL)

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.00 'Ethics' continuing education credits.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 01/01/2022

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