Consider the presence of
in social work practice. What are examples of
nonharmful and harmful dual relationships between clients and workers? How do social
workers determine if dual relationships are harmful to a client?
Describe a specific ethical dilemma based on one of the options above.
Describe the ethical issues in the option chosen.
Identify specific values or ethical standards that apply.
Identify who is likely to be affected by the ethical dilemma.
Describe potential courses of action.
Examine reasons in favor of or opposed to the course of action.
The biggest issue with dual relationships is the distortion of boundaries. Boundaries are
initially set between social workers and clients. However, once another relationship is formed
that boundary is compromised as others are being set into place. The NASW Code of Ethics
considers dual relationships conflict of interest. As stated in the Code of Ethics standard 1.06c