What does the NASW Code of Ethics really say about talking to journalists? Do it.

In preparing for my interview on CSSW’s SOCIAL WORK LIVE show, I thought I’d go over the Code of Ethics to identify the passages relevant to advocacy, and specifically those relevant to talking to members of the media. I think it’s very clear that the Code of Ethics comes down on the side of transparency and accountability---that is, on the side of collaborating with journalists when we can ensure that our clients’ participation is voluntary and informed.

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CityViews: Is New York’s Mental-Health System Listening to the Peers Who’ve Lived It?

Peers are certified individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges who utilize that experience—in concert with additional training—to support others with similar issues. The peer workforce can often be found in clinical contexts working alongside nurses, psychiatrists, and social workers, but their role in psychiatric settings is being hotly contested.

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