To master the topic of professional ethics and values, it is important to be prepared for the questions asked during the ASWB social work exam. Having your LCSW (those breathtaking four letters) can be difficult, but the first step is to understand your own values and beliefs pertaining the social work profession. Setting boundaries and being able to see how we influence the social worker-client relationship is beneficial in understanding ethics. We face dilemmas daily, whether it be due to transference/countertransference, confidentiality, requesting/providing consent, and legal issues. I have worked in a school and behavioral healthcare setting for the past four years. During this time, I used my judgment and code of ethics to determine and guide my process to deem if what I was doing was in the best interest of my client. Social workers, use the core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Within those values, six purposes are mastered:

#1 Identifying core values based on our mission.

#2 Summarizing ethical principles that reflect core values and establish specific ethical standards that practice.

#3 Identifying relevant considerations when professional obligations conflict or ethical doubts arise.

#4 Provide ethical standards to hold accountability.

#5 Socialize with practitioners new to the field.

#6 Show how the social work profession itself can be used to assess whether social workers have or have not engaged in ethical conduct.

All the listed core values and purposes of social work profession are the reason I passed the licensed clinical social work exam! Being able to understand our ethical values, will make you well prepared for the big test and lessen the anxiety on test day.

Authored by Shama Joshi LSW – Tutor with The One Test Prep