Calling all Social Workers!
If you take issue with dissociative identity disorder/multiple personalities being a valid disorder, it’s time to speak up – well, you missed your chance before the conference in Florida, USA, but it’s your responsibility and never too late. Even anonymous letters are good enough.
Unless the National Association of Social Workers in the United States discontinues offering continuing educational credits (mandatory for retaining a license to practice) their profession will continue to be haunted by pseudo-science masquerading as viable psychological treatment.
Social workers evidently support the belief in multiple personalities and the practice of psychotherapy aimed to treat dissociative identity disorder.
A conference: An Infinite Mind “Healing Together, was held in Florida, USA.
According to the conference website:
“This program is approved by the The National Association of Social Workers for clinical social work continuing education contact hours.This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselor. …”
I almost wish I hadn’t looked into the National Association of Social Workers to see what values they hold and what their standards and ethics are. But I did, and here is what I found:
Ethical Principle: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.
Social workers continually strive to increase their professional knowledge* and skills and to apply them in practice. Social workers should aspire to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession.
1.03 Informed Consent (paragraph one)
(a) …Social workers should use clear and understandable language to inform clients of the purpose of the services, risks related to the services …”
(c) When generally recognized standards do not exist with respect to an emerging area of practice, social workers should exercise careful judgment and take responsible steps …to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from harm.
3.08 Continuing Education and Staff Development
“Continuing education and staff development should address current knowledge and emerging developments related to social work practice and ethics.
(a) Social workers should accept responsibility or employment only on the basis of existing competence or the intention to acquire the necessary competence.
(b) …should strive to become and remain proficient in professional practice and the performance of professional functions …critically examine and keep current with emerging knowledge … routinely review the professional literature and participate in continuing education ….
(c) …should base practice on recognized knowledge, including empirically based knowledge, relevant to social work and social work ethics.
5.01 Integrity of the Profession
(b) …Social workers should protect, enhance, and improve the integrity of the profession through appropriate study and research, active discussion, and responsible criticism of the profession.
(e) Social workers should act to prevent the unauthorized and unqualified practice of social work.
5.02 Evaluation and Research
(c) Social workers should critically examine and keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to social work and fully use evaluation and research evidence in their professional practice.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has a lot of thinking and work to do before their code of ethics reflects their behavior. Since they support the practice of treating multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder, what does that say about their lack of scientific training being a necessity for practice? Evidentially, social workers do not find science necessary.
When continuing education credits, annual schooling that enable social workers to retain a license to practice, are offered in areas that do not show scientific rigor, all patients and their families suffer.
Over and over in the document above uses the words: ethics, values, knowledge, professional. What dictionary are they using to define their terms?
The actual beliefs of the NASW become transparent when the dots are connected between the programs they supports for continuing education credits – – – – and their mission statement. What is on paper and what they profess to stand for are at odds and rather flimsy.
I doubt that many social workers actually know what is in their code of ethics. If they do, why are they supporting treatment for a psychiatric condition, multiple personalities, that is steeped in decades of controversy and documented patient harm?
I know social workers that I hold in high-regard. They are hard-working and dedicated to patient welfare. So this critique is meant as a criticism of their governing body rather than members who have few choices if they want to keep their license to practice. That fact, however, does not offer asylum from responsibility and knowledge about the organization that they support.
Perhaps a social worker will read this and inform/educate the rest of us about why the NASW turns their back on people who trust them to be honest about research and therapeutic practices both in general, and specifically in regards to dissociative identity disorder.