Academic Values and Professional Ethics – A Comparison


The first sentence of the Preamble to the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers states that “the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people…” (NASW, 2008). This statement very much aligns with the Walden University mission that as an institution “…provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, 2013). Social workers are often called change agents as they address the needs of marginalized and oppressed groups, by enacting change on many different levels. How might Walden University’s mission and vision compliment the social work code of ethics? How might you be able to meld the two together to become your own social change agent?

1. Post  an explanation of the similarities between social work core values and the Walden Mission and Vision.

2. Describe the potential ethical dilemma you identified from the course-specific case study you selected.

3. Then explain the decision you might make in response to that ethical dilemma. Include an explanation of how the Walden Mission and Vision and the principles you selected from the NASW ethical standards influenced your decision.

4. Finally, explain how the mission, vision, and values might inform your role as a social change agent.

Support your posts and responses with specific references to the Resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.



  • Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2015). Understanding generalist practice (6th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
    • Chapter 11, “Values, Ethics, and the Resolution of Ethical Dilemmas” (pp. 395-441)
  • National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social workers. Retrieved from
  • Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen S. M. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Foundation year.Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].
    • Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence: The Case of Debra
    • Working with Clients with HIV/AIDS: The Case of Pedro
  • Walden University. (n.d.). Mission and vision. Retrieved June 16, 2013, from