To study issues of ethical standards for social work practice in Colorado, and to issue positions which represent interpretations of ethical standards of practice in Colorado.
The Committee has a two-fold purpose:
To support practitioners in making professional judgements in clinical situations; not a substitute for clinical supervision, case consultation, or legal consultation
To present a position that represents an interpretation by the profession regarding ethical standards of practice in Colorado
Our dual regulatory system for the practice of social work in Colorado is composed of professional ethical standards of practice, and legal rules and regulations from the DORA Board of Social Work Examiners.
Authority for the Committee’s operation comes from the profession as represented by the NASWCO Board of Directors, a professional member organization.
The Committee is accountable to the NASWCO Board of Directors, and the Board Appoints the Chair and Committee members; reviews & Accepts Committee interpretations of standards of practice; Publishes the positions about standards of practice in Colorado.
The Practice Standards Committees is a dynamic committee which has developed guidelines on issues such as dual role relationships, termination, working with children and their families, disclosures, informed consent, professional wills, ethical dilemmas in third party situations, supervision, and use of the electronic media. Practice Standards guidelines are available on NASWCO and the CSCSW websites.