Eye on Ethics: The Challenge of Disruptive Social Workers

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School of Social Work


Every profession has its share of disruptive practitioners. Social work is not immune; over the years I have encountered some in our very own profession, albeit relatively rarely. I suspect that many victims and witnesses of disruptive behavior keep quiet in order to avoid retaliation, stirring up bad blood, or other untoward consequences. But some victims and witnesses go public; some disruptive social workers find themselves named as respondents in licensing board complaints and defendants in malpractice lawsuits. These may be extreme cases, but they reflect a significant problem that has received scant attention.