NLASW is excited to announce the latest addition to our selection of Practice Resources. Documentation Matters was created by NLASW's Ethics Committee to provide helpful documentation tips to social workers. Check out the first release at http://www.nlasw.ca/practice-resources/documentation-matters.
In addition to this brand new resource, take some time to check out the following:
- Accountability in Professional Practice: In practice, social workers often deal with competing priorities and can question where their accountability lies. The September edition of Practice Matters uses various case scenarios to illustrate this point and highlights the many elements that must be considered when working through such dilemmas.
- Being your Best Professional Self: Whether you are starting your journey as a new social worker or are a seasoned professional, the latest edition of the Ethical Compass provides helpful strategies for being your best professional self.
- Informed Consent with Children & Youth: Practice Guidelines for Social Work: Can social workers provide counselling to a youth without parental consent? How much information can social workers share with parents without the child’s consent? Is the informed consent of both parents needed prior to the start of the therapeutic relationship? These questions and more are explored in the latest practice resource released by NLASW. The document was designed to provide social workers with guidance in the areas of informed consent and client confidentiality when working with minors.
- Enduring Power of Attorney, Substitute Decision Maker: What is the Role of Social Work?: This guideline document is designed to provide social workers with best practice standards when addressing requests to assume a position of decision-maker. It also explores the role of social work when working with clients with limited decision-making capacity.
- Intersections between Social Work Practice and Legislation: A social worker in a hospital setting does not want to engage in conversations with clients who request information about Medical Assistance in Dying and questions if she is legally obligated. Everyday social workers deal with complex situations where legislation, ethics and practice intersect. The May 2019 edition of Practice Matters explores this intersection and uses case scenarios, such as the example provided above, to bring this topic to life.