What are an LMSW’s obligations to others?
Obligations differ depending on to whom we are obligated:
- Clients / Consumers
- Peers, Other Professionals
- The Profession of Social Work
- How are a Social Worker’s obligations similar across these groups? And
- How do a Social Worker’s obligations differ between these groups?
There are a number of questions on Social Work Licensure Examinations as well as on the required Jurisprudence examination which require a candidate to be able to successfully differentiate an LMSW’s obligations to one versus their obligations to others.
There is a section in the Code of Ethics which addresses specifically this.
Also, a case study type of book about these issues is available and is titled, Controversial Issues in Social Work Ethics, Values and Obligations.