Since the ethical guidelines for both human services and social work are similar and simply because SUNY/Empire State College offers human services rather than social work concentrations, we will be using the NOHSE (National Organization of Human Service Educators)/CSHSE (Council for Standards in Human Service Education) guidelines in this course as the principal framework for exploring professional ethics.
Structure of the NOHSE Guidelines
The NOHSE guidelines are clearly divided into several parts. The "Preamble" begins to define human services as a profession among other helping professions and defines the need for ethical standards. Section I, "Standards for the Human Service Professional" defines the settings in which human service workers are found and briefly defines the various roles played by human service professionals. The main body of Section 1 consists of 37 statements that apply to all human service professionals. Nine of these statements define human service professionals responsibility to clients. For the purpose of the Guidelines the term "client" is broadly defined to include individuals, families, groups, and communities. Eleven statements refer to the human service professionals responsibility to the community and society. Four statements define the human service worker's responsibility to colleagues, six define responsibilities to employers, and the final three define responsibilities to self. Section II, "Standards for Human Service Educators" consists of a brief summary and seventeen additional statements. Section II calls human service educators to adhere to the standards defined for human service professionals and, in addition, recognizes that most human service educators come to the field from other disciplines such as social work and counseling. The guidelines call for educators to adhere to the highest ethical standards of their respective disciplines and, in addition, to create educational programs that will enable their students to develop the knowledge, skills, values, and applied skills needed to function effectively in a wide variety of settings. SUNY/Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning, follows the NOHSE guidelines. This course follows them closely.