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Ethical Decision Making in Social Work: Complex Cases

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1.  Ethical dilemmas in social work occur when practitioners:
  1. Fail to renew their professional license
  2. Encounter conflicting ethical duties
  3. Engage in an intimate relationship with a client
  4. Are named in a licensing board complaint
2.  Professional codes of ethics are created by:
  1. State legislatures
  2. National professional associations
  3. State licensing boards
  4. Malpractice insurers
3.  Statutes governing social workers’ ethical conduct are created by:
  1. State legislatures
  2. Federal courts
  3. Local health departments
  4. National Association of Social Workers
4.  Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California is a court case that addressed:
  1. Social workers’ duty to protect the confidentiality rights of clients who are minors
  2. Clients’ privacy rights when they are HIV-positive
  3. Minors’ right to consent to social work services
  4. The limits of clients’ confidentiality rights when disclosure by a mental health professional might prevent imminent, serious, and foreseeable harm to a third party
5.  The concept of standard of care in negligence theory refers to:
  1. Continuing education requirements for practitioners
  2. The way a reasonable and prudent professional should have acted under the same or similar circumstances
  3. Practitioners' eligibility to take the licensing exam
  4. Supervision guidelines for practitioners during the first two years post-graduation
6.  A Social worker can be found negligent when there is evidence of all of the following EXCEPT:
  1. The social worker breached her/his ethical duty
  2. The social worker’s breach of the duty caused harm or injury
  3. The social worker owed a duty to her/his client
  4. The social worker provided services to clients without malpractice coverage
7.  Agency-based ethics committees provide any of the following EXCEPT:
  1. Consultation on complex ethics cases
  2. Binding advice that professionals are obligated to accept
  3. Ethics trainings for agency employees
  4. Advice on the ethical implications of agency policies
8.  Lawsuits filed against social workers:
  1. Allege violation of criminal statutes
  2. Allege malpractice and violation of the profession’s standards of care
  3. Are filed with licensing boards
  4. Are filed only in federal courts
9.  A social worker could be disciplined by a state licensing board if she or he:
  1. Violates ethical standards included in state licensing laws
  2. Has individual malpractice coverage that supplements an employer’s malpractice coverage
  3. Uses paper records rather than electronic records
  4. Allows clients to inspect their clinical records
10.  The National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics applies:
  1. Only to licensed social workers
  2. To all social workers, whether or not they are members of NASW
  3. Only to clinical social workers
  4. Only to MSWs who received their degrees after 1985