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Social Work Ethics

Code of Ethics

For a copy of the Social Work Code of Ethics, click here. 

Ethical Consultations

Free Ethics Consultations FOR NASW MEMBERS


The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) provides individual ethics consultations as a benefit of NASW membership.  Ethic consultations are a resource for members who encounter ethical dilemmas and/or have ethics related questions.  Consultation services are intended to guide members through the applicable standards in the Code along with other pertinent considerations and resources that address their concerns and allows them to make reasoned ethical decisions. While we  can discuss ethical issues, we cannot provide definitive answers for  a particular situation or make decisions for members.


Ethics consultation telephone calls are answered on a first come first served basis and are not pre-scheduled.  If you call during consultation hours and receive a voice-mail response, we request your patience as we complete earlier member calls,  Please leave a brief message clearly stating your name and contact number and we will return your call.  Due to the high call volume, we ask that you allow 24 hours for a return call.


Hours & Contact Info


(800) 742-4089


Mondays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET)

Tuesdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)

Wednesdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm (ET) 

Thursdays 10:00am – 1:00pm (ET)


Members Only Legal Consultations

 Members-Only Legal Consultation Calls:  Calls are answered Monday through Thursday from 11:00 to 4:30 ET.  All members should be referred through Member Services, or directly to the Consultation Line at (202) 408-8600, ext. 592.  The member can leave a message, and the call will be returned from the Office of General Counsel.  The member can also leave an email address so that resources can be provided if appropriate. 

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