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As social workers we will all too often find ourselves coming up against situations that will compromise our personal values and ethical responsibilities. The NASW Code of Ethics acts as guideline to help us make those tough decisions we may face.
In example one Mrs. T has stated that she has hoarded powerful analgesic medicines and plans to take her own life. It isn't uncommon to come across terminal patients who find it a better alternative just to end the suffering rather than to continue enduring the incredible amount of pain and discomfort they are in. This presents an unfortunate situation. As a social worker we value our service to our client's. We elevate service to others above self-interest (NASW Code of Ethics, 2008). We also value our integrity and behaving in a trustworthy manner. Social workers are to act honestly and responsibly and promote ethical practices on part of the organizations in which we are affiliated (NASW Code of Ethics, 2008).
My first instinct would be to notify the necessary authority of the hoard of medicine Mrs. T has stashed. On the other hand I feel like I would be damaging my integrity with Mrs. T by betraying her trust. I'd definitely be betraying the ethical practices of the organization I work for if I didn't report her.
I also have a commitment to my clients. Social workers' primary responsibility is to promote the wellbeing of clients. In general, clients' interests are primary (NASW Code of Ethics, 2008). Based on that information you would automatically assume that it would be in the best interest of the client to let them continue as planned since it is her wishes. Digging deeper into the Code of Ethics you learn that a social workers'...