Practicing Ethically is the guiding principle for social workers regardless of work setting or type of practice. The NASW Code of Ethics holds the guiding principles and standards for the profession. It serves as the guide for the everyday professional conduct of social workers.
Using the NASW Code of Ethics and in conjunction with the National office, the NYS Chapter provides Ethics education, consultations and professional review to our members. You may call the Chapter Office at (518) 463-4741 and request an Ethics Consultation. You will be directed toward a completely confidential process. The NASW National Office also offers free ethics consultations.
Free Ethics Consultations FOR NASW MEMBERS
The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership. Ethic consultations are a resource for members who encounter ethical dilemmas and/or have ethics related questions. Consultation services are intended to guide members through the applicable standards in the Code along with other pertinent considerations and resources that address their concerns and allows them to make reasoned ethical decisions. While we can discuss ethical issues, we cannot provide definitive answers for a particular situation or make decisions for members.
Ethics consultation telephone calls are answered on a first come first served basis and are not pre-scheduled. If you call during consultation hours and receive a voice-mail response, we request your patience as we complete earlier member calls, Please leave a brief message clearly stating your name and contact number and we will return your call. Due to the high call volume, we ask that you allow 24 hours for a return call.
Hours & Contact Info
Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)
Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)
Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)
The NYS Education Department’s Office of Professional Discipline handles complaints related to a service or treatment by a licensed professional or about an illegal practice.
To get the most current information and upcoming trainings on putting Ethics into practice, check out the Professional Development section of this website, the update Chapter newsletter and National’s Office of Ethics and Professional Review