Eye on Ethics: Managing Boundaries in Small Communities

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School of Social Work


Social workers who provide professional services to members of their own religious and faith communities also face significant boundary issues. Their children’s classmates and playmates may be the offspring of the social workers’ clients. It is not unusual for social workers in rural communities to have no choice but to have their car serviced by the one transmission specialist in town, who happens to be a client. The one local electrician may end up servicing her social worker’s home to address a sudden power outage.