Practice Standards Committee


The purpose of the Committee on Practice Standards is to examine areas of all social work practice and develop guidelines of ethical conduct. This committee does not function in lieu of the specially appointed NASW Committee on Inquiry, but rather in addition to such a committee. The Committee on Practice Standards focuses on areas in which standards of practice have not been developed, as well as areas where questions may have come forth regarding unclear interpretations of existing standards. The committee may issue advisory opinions regarding the practice of social work.

The Practice Standards Committee meets monthly and we welcome all members.  To confirm a meeting date check the Community Calendar or contact the Chapter office.

The Committee has a consultative process that handles questions from members.  This process guides members in the ethical decision-making process, but does not provide supervision or give legal advice.  The Committee will accept questions/issues that have an impact on social work practice.  You are invited to attend a meeting in person or by phone to bring the question/issue for discussion.  Please contact the office to request the issue be added to a meeting agenda.

The Practice Standards Committee over the years has developed Practice Guidelines on a variety of social work practice issues. CE credit is available for participation!

Committee Chair: Saira Malhotra, LCSW -- reach out to Saira or the committee by emailing NASW-CO's Executive Director, Leanne Rupp, at