Ethics Committee

The GSCSW Ethics Committee is available to current GSCSW members to provide consultation on ethical dilemmas and educate members on ethical decision-making. We understand that struggling with ethical dilemmas is difficult and recognize the importance of having support with decision-making that takes into account the values and principles of clinical social work standards. Confidentiality is maintained within ethical standards. Additionally, GSCSW sponsors ethics continuing education workshops that meet the continuing education Composite Board requirement for licensure renewal. 

*The Ethics Committee does not process ethical complaints; such complaints are to be taken to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

For additional information about social work ethics, please refer to the Clinical Social Work Association at; the NASW Code of Ethics at; and the Code of Ethics for the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists at

Committee Members

Carla Bauer, LCSW (Chair)


Guidelines for Using the ListServ With Respect to Clinical Issues

While the listserv provides a means of communication within the professional community, we need to be aware of the lack of confidentiality of this resource. Although technically it is for members-only use, it can easily be forwarded to or accessed by others who are not bound by our Code of Ethics. Since it is not a secure site, the listserv should not be used for case consultation.

The primary purposes of the listserv are:

  1. Announcements such as: Job opportunities, workshops, Office space (for rent or need);
  2. Questions about referrals;
  3. Other aspects of clinical practice such as: Looking for resources, organizing a peer consultation group, professional dialogue (excluding case information)

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