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49 Pa. Code § 47.71. Codes of ethical practice and professional conduct.


§ 47.71. Codes of ethical practice and professional conduct.

 The Board subscribes to the codes of ethics and practice standards promulgated by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and the Model Social Work Practice Act of the Association of State Social Work Boards. Licensed bachelor social workers, licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers (licensees) shall adhere to these codes and standards, except when they conflict with this chapter. The Board will use these codes and standards in resolving ambiguities which may arise in the interpretation of this chapter, except that whenever any conflict exists between this chapter and the professional associations’ codes and standards, this chapter shall prevail.


   The provisions of this §  47.71 amended under sections 6 and 18(c) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P.S. § §  1906 and 1918(c)); and section 9 of the act of October 22, 2014 (P.L. 2884, No. 179).


   The provisions of this §  47.71 adopted September 17, 2010, effective September 18, 2010, 40 Pa.B. 5320; amended August 28, 2020, effective August 29, 2020, 50 Pa.B. 4389. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (352845) to (352846).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  47.76 (relating to research and publication).

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