Morals and Ethics in Social Work Narrative Essay

Morals and Ethics in Social Work
This paper discusses morals and ethics, and their differences, in social work.
# 153986 | 3,512 words | 1 source | 2014 | US
Published on Aug 15, 2014 in Sociology (Social Work) , Sociology (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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"It is important for social workers to recognize the difference between the two types of decision-making processes for numerous reasons. One overall reason being because without knowing the difference you are unable to properly label your decision-making. It can be helpful to discover the underlying motives behind your actions. As human beings, our emotions and narcissistic urges can at times taint our judgment. Some questions every social worker should ask themselves when they are unsure of their behavior would be, are you making this decision because it is morally good, meaning the word "good" is defined by your own standards, although it may match majority of your co-workers and colleagues moral code? Or are you making this decision based on the fact that it is ethical thing to do, meaning that it mets the group or culture's code of conduct and everyone is treated within their own basic rights? A person's morals may get in the way of making an ethical decision, so it is crucial to understand the difference and be able to correctly identify which of them is guiding your decision-making. This can be especially critical in a helping profession such as social work. It can be fairly easy to react and base a client's treatment around your moral thoughts, however, your moral code may not coincide with the NASW Code of Ethics which can result in a violation or unintended harm.
"There are various theories discussed in textbook regarding moral reasoning. The first theory mentioned was the Natural Ethics Theory. This theory goes into the biological innate moral characteristics one may acquire through physiological needs for each human being. The physiological needs, Maslow mentioned in the theory are as follows: food, waer, shelter, homeostasis, sleep, breathing, physical security, and excretion (Barsky, A., 2010 pp. 45). Maslow suggests that when someone is deprived of any of these basic needs they will begin to feel anxious, which motivates them do whatever necessary to fulfill their satisfaction."

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