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respect, value, and dignity. This social worker would have to sit and listen to this male as he shares his thoughts and feelings, intimate details about his life, and what brought him to where he is in his life at this moment. Social Workers are compelled to treat all people with the dignity and respect they deserve (NASW, 2019). The role of the Social Worker is to uplift, encourage, and empower, not oppress-no matterwhat the conflicting circumstances are.Personal ethics and values are moral principles and standard of behavior as it relates to a person and their everyday life. Professional ethics and values are principles and standards governing professional behavior as it relates to everyday functioning in the work place. A Social Worker that has conflicting personal and professional ethics could find it difficult to completely uphold their professional ethics. I've seen this a lot in the Child Welfare system. Some Social Workers who have had "good" upbringing can, without a doubt, unjustly perceive a parent who struggles with substance abuse or who is a part of the LGBTQ community as inadequate and not work as hard to reunite children with their families. Personal ethics and morals being exerted in Social Work professions over the professional ethics and moral stated by NASW and expected by employers, in my opinion, is the breeding ground for discrimination, prejudice, bias, and malpractice. I see it everyday as Child and Family Welfare Social Worker. The profession of Social Work is very broad. However, a Social Worker who experiences conflict with personaland professional ethics and values, and willing to "sit in" the confliction with curiosity, openness, and a desire to learn and grow, will make all the change in the world, including their own.
ReferencesDessel, A. B., Jacobsen, J., Levy, D. L., McCarthy-Caplan, D., Lewis, T. O., & Kaplan, L. E. (2017). LGBTQ topics and Christianity in Social Work: Tracking the tough questions. Social Work & Christianity 44(1/2), 11-30.Retrieved from Walden Library databases.

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