Ethical behavior lies at the core of every profession. The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Code of Ethics sets forth values and principles to guide social workers’ professional conduct. A code of ethics cannot guarantee ethical behavior. Ethical behavior comes from a social worker’s individual commitment to engage in ethical practice. Both the spirit and the letter of this Code of Ethics will guide social workers as they act in good faith and with a genuine desire to make sound judgements.

This Code of Ethics is consistent with the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) International Declaration of Ethical Principles of Social Work (1994, 2004), which requires members of the CASW to uphold the values and principles established by both the CASW and the IFSW. Other individuals, organizations and bodies (such as regulatory boards, professional liability insurance providers, courts of law, boards of directors of organizations employing social workers and government agencies) may also choose to adopt this Code of Ethics or use it as a basis for evaluating professional conduct. In Canada, each province and territory is responsible for regulating the professional conduct of social workers to ensure the protection of the public. Social workers are advised to contact the regulatory body in their province or territory to determine whether it has adopted this Code of Ethics. (CASW, 2005, p. 2)

A complete copy of the Code of Ethics is available here.

Social Work standards of practice

The following Standards of Practice provide minimum standards which all social workers practicing in Alberta are expected to meet. These standards form part of the regulatory framework for the profession and are developed and revised in accordance with section 133 of the Health Professions Act.

A complete copy of the Standards of Practice are available

You will complete assignments and readings as per the course outline.

There are four components for both Practicum I and II. You must complete each of these components in order to fulfill the requirements for the course.

Students will be deducted 5% if missing 3 hours. If a student misses 4 or more hours of seminar, then they will not be eligible to complete the course.


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