Discussion: Academic Values and Professional Ethics – A Comparison

The first sentence of the Preamble to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers states that “the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people…” (NASW, 2008). This statement very much aligns with the Walden University mission that as an institution “…provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, 2013). Social workers are often called change agents as they address the needs of marginalized and oppressed groups, by enacting change on many different levels. How might Walden University’s mission and vision compliment the social work code of ethics? How might you be able to meld the two together to become your own social change agent?

For this Discussion, review this week’s Resources. Consider the similarities between the NASW’s social work core values and Walden’s mission and vision. Then select either the Pedro case or the Debra case and identify a potential ethical dilemma from the case you selected. Consider the decision you might make in response to that dilemma and reflect on how the Walden Mission and Vision as well as the NASW ethical standards might influence your decision. Finally think about how the mission and vision and values might inform your role as a social change agent.

Post by Day 4 an explanation of the similarities between social work core values and the Walden Mission and Vision. Describe the potential ethical dilemma you identified from the course-specific case study you selected. Then explain the decision you might make in response to that ethical dilemma. Include an explanation of how the Walden Mission and Vision and the principles you selected from the NASW ethical standards influenced your decision. Finally, explain how the mission, vision, and values might inform your role as a social change agent.