Can you help me? The Ethics of Giving Professional Advice to a Friend, Neighbor or Colleague

  • A neighbor asks for advice on dealing with her rebellious teenager.
  • A colleague wants to talk to you about the stress he is under and how it is affecting his mental health.
  • One of your friends asks for your advice in helping her nephew who is dealing with an opioid addiction.

The latest edition of NLASW's Ethical Compass explores some of the issues and questions social workers should consider when asked for advice or an opinion by a friend/neighbor/colleague.  The full series including the latest edition is available at