NLCSW has a wealth of practice resources available to social workers. Members can easily access the full range of resources under the practice resources menu.
- Ethical Compass Issue #14 - The Ethics of Boundaries in Social Work Practice: A client or former client sends you a friend request on social media; A neighbor asks for professional advice; A relative presents for services. These are some examples of ethical dilemmas pertaining to boundaries that social workers may encounter in practice. The latest edition of the Ethical Compass explores this critical topic and highlights important issues for consideration.
- Documentation Matters Tip #8 - Documentation and Interdisciplinary Teams: What are some key considerations for social workers?: Do clients understand the role of social work on the team and how social work services will be delivered? Are clients informed on how their information will be accessed, or shared with, members of the team? These represent a few of the important considerations for social workers in relation to documentation and interdisciplinary teams. Read more in the September 2021 edition of Documentation Matters.
- Practice Matters June 2021 Edition - The Importance of Knowing Your Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice: This edition of Practice Matters highlights the importance of knowing the CASW Code of Ethics, CASW Guidelines for Ethical Practice, and NLCSW Standards of Practice across diverse fields of practice. Social workers are encouraged to reflect on their knowledge of these documents and how they are integrated into practice.
- Ethical Compass Issue #13 - Virtual Care: Key Considerations: “As technology is integrated into social work practice, it is important to recognize that while the medium in which services are delivered has changed, the same ethical and practice standards apply” - The May 2021 edition of the Ethical Compass delves into the timely topic of virtual care and outlines key considerations for social workers delivering social work services through technology.
- Documentation Matters Tip #7 - What do I need to document when terminating a social work service?: As per NLCSW's Standards of Practice “Social workers document decisions and actions related to termination of services". The April 2021 edition of Documentation Matters outlines questions that are also important to consider as it relates to documentation.
- Practice Matters March 2021 Edition - Linking Continuing Education and Competency: This edition of Practice Matters encourages readers to consider the link between continuing education and competency, highlighting the importance of selecting meaningful education that advances practice.
The following documents continue to serve as great resources for members and were recently updated to remain current with legislative changes and reflect NLCSW’s name change and practice standards:
- Informed Consent with Children & Youth: Practice Guidelines for Social Work: As a guideline document, this resource is targeted to social workers who provide services to children and youth as it relates to informed consent, confidentiality, and decision-making.
- Self-Assessment Tools for Informed Consent & Documentation: As an initiative of the NLCSW Ethics Committee, this interpretative document provides checklists that social workers can use to reflect on and evaluate their practices pertaining to informed consent and documentation and identify areas for continuing professional education.
- Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): What Social Workers Need to Know: This guideline document details the social work role in relation to MAID, the need for ongoing continuing professional education and much more. The updated document reflects changes stemming from Bill C-7.
- Technology Use in Social Work Practice Explanatory Document: Since its original release in 2012, technology use in social work practice has continued to expand with virtual care becoming an essential component of service delivery throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. NLCSW's Technology Use in Social Work Practice was recently revised to reflect its standing as a companion document to NLCSW's Standards of Practice. Other key revisions included a new best practice pertaining to respect and professionalism, more guidance pertaining to the use of technology to advance social justice, advocacy, and political action and additional content throughout the document for clarity and enhanced guidance based on the standards and ethical guidelines.