Ethical Standard of the Month: 3.02 Education and Training


This standard focuses on the ethical responsibilities of social workers who function as educators, field instructors, or trainers. The guidance pertaining to dual relationships now specifically includes those emerging from social networking and other electronic communications.


The revised language is limited to standard 3.02(d), in which social workers who function as educators or field instructors are guided to avoid harmful dual relationships and now more specifically citing those “that may arise while using social networking sites or other electronic media.”