Eye on Ethics: Novel Boundary Challengers - Military Social Workers

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School of Social Work


In recent years I have had the opportunity to provide ethics training and education in various parts of Asia and Europe to U.S. military social workers who serve active-duty personnel and their dependents. Typically we spend a number of days together exploring complicated ethical issues related to client confidentiality, privileged communication, conflicts of interest, boundaries and dual relationships, informed consent, documentation, digital technology and social media, and termination of services. During my presentations I distinguish between ethical challenges military social workers face that are comparable to those encountered by colleagues in civilian settings and those that are truly unique to military settings.