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Kentucky Social Work Code of Ethical Conduct


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Course Transcripts Questions The answer to Question 1 is found in Section 1 of the Course Content. The Answer to Question 2 is found in Section 2 of the Course Content... and so on. Select the correct answer from below. Place a letter on the blank line before the corresponding question.


1. What are three definitions of a "client"?
2. What are three concepts regarding confidentiality boundaries related to very young children?
3. What are the five stages of Atkinson’s Minority Culture Identity Development Model?

4. What are three concepts related to the client’s informed consent?
5. When do substance use disorders occur?
6. What are four values that constitute the philosophical bases of the therapeutic relationship that present boundary challenges?
7. What are two reasons that a statement shall be deemed false, fraudulent, midleading or deceptive?
8. What three criteria must be met for a social worker to take legal measures to collect a fee?
9. Clients need to be educated about confidentiality, privileged communication, and privacy to ensure trust in the therapeutic relationship. What is one of the best ways to accomplish this?

10. In regard to the HIPAA confidentiality standards, what should Mental Health Professionals be especially familiar with?
11. What are the six elements of a sound risk management protocol to deal with boundary issues?

12. What are four possible reactions your client may have when a referral to another professional or agency is suggested?
13. What are three criteria that must be included in the client's consent to research?
14. What are three phases of healing for the survivor of abuse?


A. (1) An individual, family, or group who directly receivs social work services from a social worker; a corporate entity or other organization if the contract is to provide a social work service of benefit directly to the corporate entity or organization; or a legal guardian who is responsible for making decisions relative to the provision of services for a minor or legally incompetent adult.
B. (4) HIPAA requirements; readability; and comprehension.
C. (7) Contains a material misrepresentation of fact; or is intended to, or is likely to, create an unjustified expectation by the public or by a client.
D. (2) Maximizing communication; wary parents; and treatment in the classroom.
E. (8) A client does not pay the agreed fee for a rendered service; the social worker gave reasonable advance notice to the client; and the social worker does not release more information about the client than is necessary to collect the fee.
F. (3) The Conformity Stage; the Dissonance Stage; the Resistance and Immersion Stage; the Introspection Stage; and the Synergetic Articulation and Awareness Stage.
G. (6) Worth for the individual; self-determination; sharing the benefits of society; and the mutual rights of your client and society.
H. (9) Through the process of informed consent.
I. (5) When the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically and functionally significant impairment.
J. (11) Be alert to potential or actual conflicts of interest; Inform clients and colleagues about potential or actual conflicts of interest; explore reasonable remedies; Consult colleagues and supervisors, and relevant professional literature, regulations, policies, and ethical standards (codes of ethics) to identify pertinent boundary issues and constructive options; Design a plan of action that addresses the boundary issues and protects the parties involved to the greatest extent possible; Document all discussions, consultation, supervision, and other steps taken to address boundary issues; Develop a strategy to monitor implementation of action plan.
K. (14) Three phases of healing for abuse: 1. Remembering the trauma; 2. getting in touch with the feelings; and 3. developing a survivor rather than a victim mentality.
L. (10) Mental Health Professionals should be especially familiar with explicit HIPAA provisions that are unique to psychotherapy notes. The regulations define these specifically as notes recorded in any medium by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session or a group, joint, or family counseling session, and that are separated from the rest of the individual's medical record.
M. (13) The procedures used to protect the client's confidentiality interests; the client's right to participate or to refuse to participate without negative consequence to service delivery; and the possible risks and benefits of participation.
N. (12) Rejection; anger; hope; and expectation.

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