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SOCW6070 Walden University Week 6 Ethics and the Law Discussion Paper 2

Due 07/02/2019

Discussion 1: Ethics and the Law

When working with clients, it is important to maintain professional boundaries to safeguard both you and your clients. Legislation such as HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics are specific in how you as a social worker should protect client information and safeguard confidentiality. Responding ethically in a professional situation may be clear in most situations, but not necessarily in all situations. Even though you have established laws and code of ethics to guide your decision-making process, you may still face ethical conflicts.

For this Discussion, review the media of the Bradley case and consider how the case relates to social work professional ethics.

  • Post the strategy you would use to address the Teen First director’s request if you were the social worker in the Bradley case.
  • Describe a hypothetical situation in which an organization’s decision conflicts with your personal/professional ethics but remains within the law.
  • Explain how you would respond to this situation, and why.


Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

  • Chapter 12, “Addressing Ethics in Leadership” (pp. 273-300)

Laureate Education (Producer). (2014a). Sessions: Bradley (Episode 5 of 42) [Video file]. Retrieved from

Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. M. (Eds.). (2014a). Sessions: Case histories. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing [Vital Source e-reader].

Stephenson, M.O., Jr. (2011). Considering the relationships among social conflict, social imaginaries, resilience and comminty-based organization leadership. Ecology and Society, 16(1). Retrieved from 16/iss1/art34/

Discussion 2: Reflections on Ethical Leadership

What does it mean to be an ethical leader? How is ethical leadership demonstrated in social work practice? As a leader in the social work profession, you have to achieve a balance between your professional and personal ethics. At times, these may be aligned with each other, but there may be situations in which they conflict. Because leadership includes value and moral dimensions, your character, actions, and goals as a social work administrator should reflect ethical leadership.

For this Discussion, consider the characteristics of ethical leadership and the challenges associated with practicing ethical leadership.

  • Post your definition of ethical leadership as it relates to the social work profession.
  • Explain what it means to be an ethical leader and describe the challenges of being an ethical leader.


Northouse, P. G. (2018). Introduction to leadership: Concepts and practice (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

  • Chapter 12, “Addressing Ethics in Leadership” (pp. 273-300)

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