|(a) A social worker must observe and comply with the
code of conduct and standards of practice set forth in this subchapter.
Any violation of the code of conduct or standards of practice will
constitute unethical conduct or conduct that discredits or tends to
discredit the profession of social work and is grounds for disciplinary
(1) A social worker shall not refuse to perform any
act or service for which the person is licensed solely on the basis
of a client's age; gender; race; color; religion; national origin;
disability; sexual orientation; gender identity and expression; or
(2) A social worker shall truthfully report her or
his services, professional credentials and qualifications to clients
or potential clients. A social worker shall not advertise or claim
a degree from a college or university which is not accredited by the
Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
(3) A social worker shall only offer those services
that are within his or her professional competency, and shall provide
services within accepted professional standards of practice, appropriate
to the client's needs.
(4) A social worker shall strive to maintain and improve
her or his professional knowledge, skills and abilities.
(5) A social worker shall base all services on an assessment,
evaluation or diagnosis of the client.
(6) A social worker shall provide the client with a
clear description of services, schedules, fees and billing at the
initiation of services.
(7) A social worker shall safeguard the client's rights
to confidentiality within the limits of the law.
(8) A social worker shall be responsible for setting
and maintaining professional boundaries.
(9) A social worker shall not have sexual contact with
a client or a person who has been a client.
(10) A social worker shall refrain from providing services
while impaired by physical health, mental health, medical condition,
or by medication, drugs or alcohol.
(11) A social worker shall not exploit his or her position
of trust with a client or former client.
(12) A social worker shall evaluate a client's progress
on a continuing basis to guide service delivery and will make use
of supervision and consultation as indicated by the client's needs.
(13) A social worker shall refer a client for those
services that the social worker is unable to meet, and shall terminate
services to a client when continuing to provide services is no longer
in the client's best interest.
(b) The grounds for disciplinary action of a social
worker shall be based on the code of conduct or standards of practice
in effect at the time of the violation.