The National Association of Social Workers  (NASW)

The National Association of Social Workers  (NASW) specifies the ethics and values of the profession in their Code  of Ethics. Section 6.04 of the Code of Ethics (1999) states: Social workers should engage in social and political action that  seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources,  employment, services, and opportunities they require to meet their basic  human needs and to develop fully. Social workers should be aware of the  impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for  changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order  to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.(Preamble, p. 8)  With the requirement of social and political  action among social workers, there is little political activity among  clinical social workers. Why? What barriers exist that prevent social  workers from fulfilling this ethical obligation?

What  does it mean to be a macro social worker? A micro social worker? Do  these differentiations have any real meaning? If not, why is this  language used when referring to the social work profession?

In  this Discussion, you will look at the obligation of social workers to  engage in political action in their practice and discuss why there  appear to be different perceptions of the responsibility for political  action among social work professionals.

Post an analysis of historical  divides (such as the schism between Jane Addams and Mary Richmond) and  historical influences on current social work practice with respect to  policy advocacy and action. Do such schisms exist in contemporary social  work? If you think these divides exist, how do they prevent social  workers from fulfilling their ethical obligation(s)? Are they important  differentiation?  

Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s  resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full  APA-formatted citations for your references. 

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