LMSW Exam Prep: Understanding Values

By Emily Pellegrino on November 29, 2012

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What do you need to know about values for the LMSW exam?

We are getting close to the end of our LMSW Exam Prep ABC's Blog! This week's term is values. I'd say values, along with self-determination, is up there in terms of their importance in the social work field. It's necessary that we keep our client's values in mind because while something may be important to us, it's not always important to our client's as well. Let's get started with a sample questions to help you differentiate between this term and others on the LMSW exam.

Sample Question:

Which of the following BEST describes the term values?

A. The customs, beliefs, standards of conduct, and principles considered desirable by a culture, group of people, or individual.

B. An ethical principle in social work that recognizes the rights and needs of clients to be free to make their own choices and decision.

C. A system of moral principles and perceptions about right versus wrong and the resulting philosophy of conduct that is practices.

D. An ideal condition in which all members of society have the same basic rights, protection, opportunities, and social benefits.

Values has a bit of a two-fold meaning when it comes to social workers. It's important to know not only the meaning that values have for our clients, but also what values means to us as social workers. You can take a look at the NASW Code of Ethics here. They give a good description of what values are embraced by our profession and why they are important to uphold.

The Social Work Dictionary defines values as, "The customs, beliefs, standards of conduct, and principles considered desirable by a culture, a group of people, or an individual. Social workers, as one group, ascribe to a set of core values on which social work's mission is based. These core values, as specified in the NASW Code of Ethics, are service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence" (Barker, 2003).

Answer: The best answer here is A. However, the other possible answers are all other terms that you may come across on the LMSW exam. (B) defines self-determination, (C) defines ethics, and (D) defines social justice.

Coming up next week: Welfare rights

Think our straightforward, sensible approach could help you PASS your LMSW exam? If you're preparing for the social work exam, check out our LMSW Study Materials. Learn more about our exam prep at the The Therapist Development Center home page.

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