Ethical Standard of the Month:
Changes to section 1.04 of the NASW Code of Ethics largely focus on social workers’ competency as it relates to using technology and embarking on the use of new forms of technology.
Competence-related ethical practice has always emphasized that social workers pursue the necessary knowledge, training, certification, licensure, and experience prior to providing professional service. The recent revisions call out this expectation specifically as it relates to the use of technology.
Two additional standards (1.04d and e) were added to ensure that technology-related competence concerns are specified.