17 Sep The purpose of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to reflect deeply on social work values and their relationship to personal values. Students will summarize the socia
The purpose of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to reflect deeply on social work values and their relationship to personal values. Students will summarize the social work values presented in the NASW code of ethics, the Christian worldview, their personal value system, and compare and contrast these different value perspectives. Students must also complete a BioPsychoSocial-Spiritual assessment on themselves to demonstrate their understanding of the assessment as it relates to their own lives. Follow the instructions in the attachment.
Reflection Assignment: 5 pages; 100 points
The purpose of this assignment is to give students the opportunity to reflect deeply on social work values and their relationship to personal values. Students will summarize the social work values presented in the NASW code of ethics, the Christian worldview, their personal value system, and compare and contrast these different value perspectives. Follow the rubric and samples posted on Blackboard closely and use the bolded headings in the rubric in your paper.
NASW Code of Ethics*
Provide a brief but comprehensive summary of the code of ethics. Convey your understanding of the social work values that the code represents (approx. 2-3 paragraphs)
Articulate the Christian Worldview by summarizing the major points in the assigned readings (approx. 2-3 paragraphs)
Personal Value System*
1. What are the three most important values in your life?
2. How did you develop your value system?
3. What was your family’s, community’s, or church’s influence on your values? (2-3 paragraphs)
How do your values compare/contrast with the values in the NASW Code of Ethics and Christian worldview? Be as specific as possible. (3 paragraphs)
How will your personal values impact your ability to work as a social worker? Name a specific population you would have difficulty serving and describe why? (3 paragraphs)
References & Organization
Reference the assigned readings and other relevant scholarly material (3 min) Use the headings provided in this rubric and present organized sentences and paragraphs. First person is acceptable. All sentences are well constructed and have varied structure and length. No errors in
grammar, mechanics, and/or spelling.
APA style formatting
Running head: REFLECTION PAPER 1
SWK500: Reflection Paper
SAMPLE STUDENT PAPER
California Baptist University
This paper is being submitted to Dr. Hays in partial fulfillment of the requirements for
Social Work Practice 1, SWK 500, A, on September 14, 2021.
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NASW Code of Ethics
The NASW Code of Ethics is an important aspect in the field of social work as it is the
guide to understanding professional conduct for all social workers. Professional ethics in social
work are of extreme importance and the NASW Code of Ethics sets forth the values, principles,
and standards that social workers must abide by (National Association of Social Workers, 2021).
Social workers must follow the ethics in order to properly help the client and not break any of the
ethics which could result in malpractice lawsuits and cause more harm to the client than justice.
The NASW code of ethics is based on the social workers’ responsibilities to clients, colleagues,
practice settings, professional, social profession and to the broader society and the core values of
service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships,
integrity, and competence (National Association of Social Workers, 2021).
The core value of social justice is based on the social worker challenging social injustice
and acting as an advocate not only for the client but also for broader society. Social justice is
meant to serve and heal those who have been oppressed and discriminated. It is about letting the
client know they have dignity and worth as a person and everyone deserves an opportunity.
While achieving social justice it also puts value on the importance of human relationships by
promoting and enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, social groups, and communities
(National Association of Social Workers, 2021). Without advocacy for social justice there would
be no need for social work or social workers (Bisman, 2019, p. 115).
Although the core value of social justice is important to the social worker they must also
promote, advocate for, and respect the client. While serving their clients they must avoid self-
interest and use their knowledge, values, and skills in determining what is best for the client by
implementing a strategic plan in which the client agrees to and understands. As a social worker it
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is important to respect the client’s wants and needs. Social workers must also act in a trustworthy
manner presenting themselves professionally, avoiding sexual relationships, and following the
NASW Code of Ethics when ethical dilemmas arise and as well as their competence in the field.
A Christian worldview perspective is based on the belief that God created heaven and the
earth and everything that dwells within. The Bible is key in Christianity as it acts as a guide as to
how an individual should live their life in Gods unfinished kingdom. The Bible provides one
with scriptures that are breathed by God. Scripture allows a Christian to understand the world
around them and provides them with a better understanding of what is expected of them. From a
Christian perspective we currently live in Gods unfinished kingdom and each given a purpose in
life and in the world. As Gods stewards, we should treat each other how we would like to be
treated, love one another, and live in community and harmony with one another. We are given
Gods characteristics in order to live as He has intended us to live. Although the Scripture does
not provide us with all the answers to situations is important to understand and make choices as
they relate to Gods purpose.
Due to the fall of man, we now live in a world that is corrupted with sin resulting in
injustice and oppression. As humans we chose to alienate ourselves from God by living in sin
and making choices that go against Gods will for us. In reality, we would rather try and fix
problems within our lives and within our society ourselves rather than rely on our faith in God to
help guide us. Thus, having laws within our society is meant to guide us in what is wrong and
was is right, promote good and punish wrongdoers often resulting in social justice or injustice.
As a remedy we can stop trying to live in the world our way and accept the plans God has for us.
Seeing as how God has a plan for each of us, we must fulfill what is expected of us and do so in
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a Christ-like character (Scales & Kelly, 2020, p. 139).
Personal Value System
We possess our own personal values that represent who we are and how we view the
world around us. These personal values include our beliefs and our morals. Our personal values
are important to us and act as one’s guide while perceiving issues that arise within our lives and
around the world us. I myself have my own personal values that are of importance in my life.
The first important value in my life is having faith in God. Having faith in God, it allows me to
pray and speak to God when things get rough. Faith also gives me understanding, salvation, and
grace. Having faith as a personal value has allowed me to mature into a better person.
The second value that is of importance to me is my family. Family is important to me
because sometimes that is all we have. My family has always been there for me and have
supported me throughout all the journeys I have faced in my life. Although there are issues that
arise within my family, we still remain close and support one another. When life gets rough, they
encourage me to keep going and move on from past experiences which were not the best. I know
I can call a family member and they will be there. In a sense, my family sometimes acts as a
The third value that is of importance to me is helping others or caring for others. Helping
others gives me a sense of happiness. I am always ready to lend a hand and sometimes drop
things especially for my family, which sometimes can also be a problem. I believe everyone can
use some type of help whether it is financial or just someone to talk to. Often times we
sometimes get caught up in our lives and forget to check on those who need us the most. I also
believe helping others promotes their well-being and reminds them that someone does care and is
there for them.
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The experiences I have had throughout my personal life have helped develop my value
system. As a child my mother made us go to church every Sunday and sometimes Bible study.
While in church I learned the value of having faith in God. He is always listening and knows
every detail down to the number of hairs on our head. My family contributed to my values
because they have shown the importance of caring not only for family but those around me. My
mother instilled in us as children to be respectful to others and help those who are in need. My
personal values have also contributed to my choosing in becoming a social worker.
The NASW Code of Ethics are based on core values that guide a social worker in their
profession. Whereas a Christian worldview is based on an individual’s beliefs about the world
around them by referring to Scriptures within the Bible and having strong faith in God. The
Christian worldview provides a framework that supports social work values such as the value of
every person, self-determination, freedom of choice, and responsibility of the common good
which include helping the poor and oppressed (Scales & Kelly, 2020, p. 83). Therefore, many of
the NASW Code of Ethics align with many of the values in the Christian worldview but it is
important to keep in mind there may be some core values that slightly do not align. My personal
values also align with both the NASW Code of Ethics and the Christian worldview.
Promoting social justice relates to both the NASW Code of Ethics and the Christian
worldview. Social justice is one of the main core values when assessing clients and the broader
society. Both also align with the importance of human relationships and dignity and worth of the
person in providing services regardless of the person’s status which in turn provides healthier
relationships with the community. Another core value and ethical standard that aligns with both
is having integrity. Integrity is being honest, trustworthy, and having good morals which is part
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of being Christian and is also one of the core values in the NASW Code of Ethics. However,
there is one core value that does not align which is the social worker not being able to speak on
their faith because it violates the NASW Code of Ethics and lacks integrity. This does compare
to my values because I believe it is important to address faith and religion. Both offer core values
and ethical standards that relate to having good moral judgement. Social workers must use moral
decision making while at the same time adhering to ethical standards and when it comes to
making decisions relating to ethical dilemmas (Mattison, 2020, p. 201). Christians must also use
moral decision making when it comes to right and wrong and understanding what sin is which
relates to my personal values because I know it is the right thing to do by helping the most
vulnerable and oppressed people. Both the Christian worldview and the NASW Code of Ethics
believe in serving those in need and advocating for change while respecting their clients and
Faith relates to both my personal values and the Christian worldview. Having faith will
guide me in any ethical dilemmas I may face while at the same time adhering to the NASW code
of ethics. God wants all his people to help those in need and give back to the poor while seeking
social justice and ending oppression. Through faith, I will be guided in my career as a social
worker and give back to the community. Although both the Bible and the NASW Code of Ethics
offer guidance, they do not give answers to each dilemma that comes with each case so it is
important to keep in mind one may give way to another in order for us to come to close to love
and justice as the situation permits (Scales & Kelly, 2020, p. 157).
Although all my personal values do not align with those of others is important to keep in
mind that as a social worker one must be willing to assist people regardless of their values,
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lifestyles, political views, and their religious beliefs if any (Reamer, 2016, p. 429). I believe my
personal values will not only impact my ability to work as a social worker but also be enhanced
as I gain experience in the field. I believe my personal values will also provide a positive impact
on my ability to work as a social work due to the willingness I have to help others regardless of
their situation or beliefs. I believe everyone deserves an opportunity and should be given equal
access to resources that are available for whatever their situation may be.
My personal value in having faith will guide me as I face difficult ethical dilemmas while
at the same time following the NASW Code of Ethics. Faith will also allow me to gain a better
understanding of the social justice issues that impact an individual’s life and the broader society.
My personal view of helping others will also impact my ability as a social worker because I will
provide services that will promote the dignity and worth of the person at hand. My personal
value of family will also be helpful when it comes to working as a social worker because I have a
family that is supportive and continues to encourage me. Therefore, I would like to be supportive
to those who do not have that structure which would allow them to be more open and understand
I am there to help rather than judge or oppress them any further.
Social work has an array of practices and environments in which one serves. There are
several populations that face social injustice, oppression, and discrimination. A specific
population that I believe I would have difficulty in serving would be the homeless. The reason I
believe it would be difficult to serve the homeless population is that I have witnessed firsthand
how some individuals do not want the help and would rather live on the streets which might
cause frustration within myself only because I know they require resources. I had an uncle who
was battling mental illness and ended up becoming homeless. He did not want help from family
or any other services that he was offered. He eventually passed away while homeless in front of a
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liquor store in his sleep. This adds to my fear that the individual will not live to their full
capacity. Another reason is my father is currently homeless due to his drug addiction who also
does not want help unless it is money. Although I know based on NASW Code of Ethics it is the
client’s self-determination on whether they want to receive services, it would also be hard for me
to witness someone reject resources that can ultimately be beneficial to their well-being.
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Bisman, C. (2019). Social Work Values: The Moral Core of the Profession. The British Journal of
Social Work, 34(1), 109–123. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23719986
Mattison, M. (2020). Ethical Decision Making: The Person in the Process. Social Work, 45(3), 201–
National Association of Social Workers. (2021). Code of ethics of the National Association of
Social Workers. Washington, D. C.
Reamer, F. (2016). Social Work, Evangelical Christians, and Values. Social Work, 48(3), 428-431.
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Scales, T. L., & Kelly, M. S. (2020). Christianity and Social Work: Readings on the Integration
of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice (5th ed.). Botsford, CT: North American
Association of Christians in Social Work.