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The Virtue of Working with Teens: A Look at the Ethical Obligations of Our Work with Adolescents. Three Hours of CEUs in Ethics and a Walloping Good Time! Sandra K. Bruce, ACSW, LCSW. Housekeeping. Housekeeping
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The Virtue of Working with Teens: A Look at the Ethical Obligations of Our Work with Adolescents Three Hours of CEUs in Ethics and a Walloping Good Time! Sandra K. Bruce, ACSW, LCSW
Housekeeping • Housekeeping • Restrooms • Telephones/Beepers/Pagers • Break • Emergency Exits • Introductions • A little about you • A little about me • Icebreaker (Autograph Worksheet )
OBJECTIVES • Understand the ethical obligations we have in working with Adolescents • Become familiar with the NASW 2003 Standards for Social Work Practice with Adolescents • Identify the ethical implications of our work • Explore approaches being applied across the state in work with adolescents • Identify resources available for addressing the needs of adolescents • Develop a “do-able” list for action
Agenda • Welcome & Housekeeping • What are the ethical obligations in work with adolescents? • Let’s take a look at the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Adolescents (2003). • What are the ethical implications? • What’s going on in your neck of the woods. • What resources are available for our youth and for you? • What can we do back home? • Wrap Up
NASWStandards for the Practice of Social Work with AdolescentsNational Association of Social Workers • Adopted by the NASW Board of Directors, June 28, 2003
LET’S TAKE A LOOK… • Standard • Interpretation • Application in practice setting Some short; Some tedious; Some obvious; some thought provoking
Standard 1. Knowledge of Adolescent Development Social workers shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of adolescent development.
Standard 2. Assessment Social workers shall demonstrate an ability to assess adolescent services, including access to social institutions and community-based resources that provide services for adolescents and their families, and shall advocate for the development of needed resources.
Standard 3. Knowledge of Family Dynamics Social workers shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of family dynamics and systems theory.
Standard 4. Cultural Competence Social workers shall demonstrate culturally competent service delivery.
Standard 5. Self-Empowerment of Adolescents Social Workers shall help adolescents achieve self-empowerment.
Standard 6.Understanding Adolescents’ Needs Social workers shall advocate for an understanding of the needs of adolescents and for resources and cooperation among professionals and agencies to meet those needs.
Standard 7. Multidisciplinary Case Consultation Social workers shall participate in multi- disciplinary case consultation across agencies that provide services to adolescents.
Standard 8. Confidentiality Social workers shall maintain adequate safeguards for privacy and confidentiality in their relationships with youths.
Standard 9. Work Environment Social workers shall assume an active role in contributing to the improvement and quality of the work environment, agency policies and practices with clients, and their own professional development.
Standard 10. Advocacy Social work administrators in youth services agencies shall advocate for an increased understanding of the needs of youths, (for) policy changes and adequate resources to enable social workers to meet those needs, and (for) appropriate working conditions for all workers.
Standard 11. Policies for Effective Practice Social work administrators in youth services agencies shall establish the environment, policies, procedures, and guidelines necessary for effective social work practice with adolescents.
RESOURCES • Website List • Agencies • Services • Professional Organizations • Training • Other Opportunities
WRAPPING UP • A Quick Summary • Questions? • Reviewing the Objectives • Evaluations
OBJECTIVES in review • Understand the ethical obligations we have in working with Adolescents • Become familiar with the NASW 2003 Standards for Social Work Practice with Adolescents • Identify the ethical implications of our work • Explore approaches being applied across the state in work with adolescents • Identify resources available for addressing the needs of adolescents • Develop a “do-able” list for action
THANK YOU! If you need to contact me for additional information: Sandra K. Bruce, ACSW, LCSW firstname.lastname@example.org 512-750-1546