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Ethics for Clinical Social Workers

1. What is the primary mission of the social work profession?

A. To enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people.

B. To offer alternatives to incarceration.

C. To increase multiple relationships within the community.

D. To promote social justice and well-being.


2. The Code of Ethics serves the following purposes EXCEPT:

A. Establishes a set of specific ethical standards that should be used to guide social work practice.

B. Provides ethical standards to which the general public can hold the social work profession accountable.

C. Articulates standards that the social work profession itself can use to assess whether social workers have engaged in unethical conduct.

D. Provide a set of rules that prescribe how social workers should act in all situations.


3. _____ are unethical, exploitive and harmful to the client.

A. Boundary Crossing

B. Boundary Violation

C. Social Justice

D. Conflicts of Interest


4. Maintaining professional boundaries is the responsibility of:

A. The Client

B. The Social Worker

C. The Parent

D. The Agency Administration


5. Social workers should

A. Follow their clients on social media to hold them accountable.

B. Have therapeutic conversations through social media private message.

C. Be aware that personal affiliations may increase the likelihood that clients may discover the social worker’s presence online.

D. Assist clients with job search through LinkedIn promotion.


6. Multiple Relationships can occur

A. Never

B. Only with Supervision

C. Only with Consenting Adults

D. Either Simultaneously or Consecutively


7. The following are all examples of dual relationships EXCEPT:

A. Social Dual Relationship

B. Professional Dual Relationship

C. Insitutional Dual Relationship

D. Cultural Dual Relationship


8. Part of informed consent involves assessing clients

A. Capacity to give consent

B. ability to pay for treatment

C. capability to commit to therapy

D. risk of harm to self or others.


9. Social workers should inform participants in family, couples, or group counseling that

A. They will guarantee equal session time to each participant.

B. They will offer participant discounts for larger group numbers.

C. They cannot guarantee that all participants will honor confidentiality agreements.

D. They will never release information without all members' consent.


10. Risks of texting with a client may include

A. Client Empowerment

B. Threats to privacy and confidentiality

C. Improved accessibility

D. Strengthening therapeutic alliance


11. If a client threatens to kill someone, a social worker is no longer bound to confidentiality because

A. Threats are criminal and should be reported to the police

B. The client is in need of documentation to be admitted to hospital.

C. Disclosure is necessary to prevent serious, foreseeable, and imminent harm to another

D. The informed consent form said so.


12. Social workers should provide services

A. To anyone who asks for them

B. To anyone who can pay for them

C. Only within the boundaries of their education and training

D. To clients who are assigned to them by their supervisor.


13. You see another social work at your agency of employment acting unethically you need to intervene because you have a responsibility

A. To colleagues

B. To social work

C. To practice setting

D. To broader community


14. Social Diversity includes all the below EXCEPT

A. Race & Ethnicity

B. Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

C. Religious & Spiritual Beliefs

D. Self Reflection & Cultural Humility


15. Social workers posting personal information on social media (with no privacy settings), may cause

A. Social Justice

B. Boundary Violation

C. Boundary Confusion

D. Privacy Violation


16. Which of the following situations is not an example of a boundary violation?

A. Jenny is especially fond of her client and her progress so gifts her with crystal glassware for her engagement

B. Paul shakes hands and briefly converses with his client after he introduces his wife to Paul at the grocery store

C. Caitlin is hesitant to refer her client to another case manager because, “I don’t think someone else will get him like I do.”

D. Rose accepts an expensive food basket from her grateful client because she is afraid the client will not understand and stop coming to appointments


17. Ethical standards

A. Cannot Guarantee ethical behavior

B. Can improve social worker competence

C. Can improve documentation

D. Cannot increase social media usage


18. While some dual relationships are unavoidable, the code of ethics is clear this one is avoidable and unethical

A. Business Dual Relationship

B. Social Dual Relationshpi

C. Internet Dual Relatinship

D. Sexual Relationship


19. Information that should be included on a telehealth informed consent form but not on an in-person consent form:

A. Location of client

B. Number of pets owned

C. Emergency contact person

D. Contact Phone Number


20. How many ethical principles are there?

A. 2

B. 4

C. 6

D. 8


21. What is the first step to filing a complaint with NASW regarding a member's violation of an ethical standard?

A. Submit a detailed email of the violation

B. Confirm the social worker is a member of NASW

C. Discuss the situation with a consultant to confirm an ethical violation has taken place

D. Participate in a mediation session with the social worker being accused


22. Accurate and timely documentation ensures

A. the continuity of care for the client.

B. protects the social worker from law suits.

C. assists psychiatrists to accurately prescribe psychotropic medication.

D. as records must be kept for ten years after they are written.


23. Asking clients for testimonials on discharge paperwork is a form of

A. harrassment

B. fraud

C. dishonesty

D. solicitation


24. Social workers ethical responsibility to the broader society include all except

A. taking political action to ensure all people have equal access to basic human needs.

B. volunteering during times of public emergency or crisis.

C. promote conditions that encourage respect for cultural diversity.

D. participate in active solicitation of new clients as everyone can benefit from mental health counseling.


25. In the ETHIC model for ethical decision-making the E stands for

A. Ethics

B. Exclude

C. Examine

D. Evaluate


26. One limitation of ethical decision making models is

A. they present decision-making as a linear process.

B. they have too many steps to use in everyday ethical dilemmas.

C. they evaluate too many alternatives.

D. they only look at ethical conflicts.


27. Compassion fatigue is

A. a secondary traumatic stress response similar to PTSD.

B. emotional exhaustion after repeated exposure to traumatic stories.

C. a cumulative buildup of emotional and physical exhaustion.

D. the pleasure one recieves from doing their job well.


28. ______ can help combat compassion fatigue and burnout.

A. Compassion satisfaction

B. Spiritual Wellness

C. Self care

D. Psychological health


29. When conducting reseach, social workers need to protect

A. themselves.

B. the people and communities they are studying.

C. the educational institutions who are sponsoring the research.

D. vulnerable community members.


30. Social workers providing supervision are expected to set the following three boundaries except

A. hypothetical

B. appropriate

C. culturally sensitive

D. clear


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