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expertise” (NASW, n.d). It is important for social workers to only provide services in which they are well educated in. A social worker providing a service to a client and is not properly educated on how to intervene with the client’s issue may cause harm to both him or herself and the client. If a client has a history of sexual abuse, it is not wise for a therapist without the proper education, certification, and training to provide sexual-specific therapy to the client.Social workers use knowledge and judgment daily in practice. Social workers must ensure that he or she use judgment in an ethical way. The Code of Ethics states, social workers should exercise careful judgment and take responsible steps to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from harm (Standard 1.04). Within the article Professional Competence, Betty, MSW was trained to counsel adults(Bogie & Coleman, 2000). Betty was then asked to provide professional services to children after a major event. It was Betty’s responsibility to make the judgment to refer the children to a therapist who isqualified to counsel children.Bogie, M.A. & Coleman, M. (2000). Professional competence. Practice Pointers, 1(9). Retrieved from:
Gamble, D. N. (2011). Advanced Concentration Macro Competencies for Social Work Practitioners: Identifying Knowledge, Values, Judgment and Skills to Promote Human Well-Being. Journal Of Community Practice, 19(4), 369. doi:10.1080/10705422.2011.625914National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Washington, DC: NASW Press.REPLY QUOTE EMAIL AUTHORHide 6 replies (3 unread)19 days ago Andason Romanous Tashi RE: Discussion - Week 6COLLAPSECharmaine,I like how you introduce the importance of social workers demonstrating professional expertise while relating to their clients. This is directly related to quality outcomes (Shen, 2015). I agree with you that lack of comprehensive knowledge by a social worker may harm both the professional as well as the client. To effectively demonstrate ethics in their professionalism, social workers are tasked with understanding the code of ethics and standards which should inform their practice and judgment while targeting quality patient outcome.ReferenceShen, Z. (2015). Cultural competence models and cultural competence assessment instruments in nursing: a literature review. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(3), 308-321.REPLY QUOTE
19 days ago Monique Holsey WALDEN INSTRUCTOR MANAGER RE: Discussion - Week 6COLLAPSECharmaine, social workers should try to have an eclectic knowledge base about areas of social work. Research and becoming lifelong learners is something that is very important.Dr. HymanREPLY QUOTE EMAIL AUTHOR19 days ago Julian Marsh RE: Discussion - Week 6COLLAPSEHello Charmaine,Reading your discussion I agree that a social worker should only provide services to a client if they are well educated on the issues at hand. If a social worker is not knowledgeable about what the client’s