COVID-19 Ethics Resources

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Q&A Session: "COVID-19: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Considerations for Social Workers"

NASW held a call-in question and answer session on April 21 about the impact of COVID-19 from a legal, clinical, and ethical perspective.

The session was designed to:

  • Provide key guidance on telehealth from a legal, clinical, administrative and ethical perspectives
  • Enable social workers to ask questions about the implications of COVID-19 on their practice
  • Explore the impact of the pandemic on the profession through shared reflections and experiences
  • Connect social workers to legal, telehealth, clinical, and ethical resources to support practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Listen to a recording of the COVID-19 Q&A session

Read a transcript of the Q&A session


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8 Ethical Considerations for Social Workers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly transforming the way we go about daily life. What should social workers do to prepare for the impact of this pandemic?



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8 Ethical Considerations for Starting a Telehealth Practice

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly transforming the way we go about daily life. What should social workers do to prepare for the impact of this pandemic?


Social Work Ethics During the Time of Pandemic

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How do you avoid abandoning clients who are in crisis during shelter-in-place orders? How can you respond ethically while maintaining your practice if clients are unable to pay for services? These questions are not mere debate; they are real questions that social workers need answers to now.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social workers can help curb the spread of the disease and reduce people's anxiety.

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NASW President Wehrmann on the Coronavirus Pandemic

"As social workers who adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, we need to be aware of our obligation to 'provide appropriate professional services in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible' (6.04)."
Read Dr. Wehrmann's full statement on the coronavirus pandemic