Newswise — The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will be honoring Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, Ph.D., professor in the School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, on Friday, Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C., at its upcoming 60th Anniversary Conference’s Pioneer Induction Ceremony. Barsky is being honored with an “Excellence in Ethics Award” for his contributions to professional social work ethics. He also will chair a panel on the history, evolution, and future of the NASW Code of Ethics in a conference seminar that will be livestreamed (at 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. on Friday) by the NASW (see for more information).

“I am deeply honored to receive this award from my peers, and to help advance and promote the important work of the National Association of Social Workers,” said Barsky.

Barsky currently chairs a national task force to revise the NASW Code of Ethics in light of the new and emerging uses of electronic and digital technologies in the provision of social work services. He also is helping the NASW, Council on Social Work Education, and Association of Social Work Boards develop more specific practice standards to provide social workers with guidance on how to use communication technologies with clients in an ethically responsible manner.

He has served on the NASW National Ethics Committee, since 2007, including service as its chair from 2012 to 2014. In this capacity, he helped NASW nationalize its professional review process such as handling ethics complaints against social workers from clients and others. Nationalizing the professional review process helped to ensure that cases are treated similarly across the country, while also consolidating resources and expertise.

Barsky’s extensive background includes social work, law, and mediation in the field of social work ethics. He has written 10 books, including, “Ethics and Values in Social Work” and “Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions.” His ethics and conflict resolution materials provide social work students and practitioners with a practical framework for applying complex ethical principles in contexts such as end-of-life decision making, clients with homicidal ideation, and cross-cultural value conflicts. His approach is collaborative and process oriented and he is able to show social workers how to engage clients, coworkers, supervisors, and other colleagues in civil dialogues and effective ethical decision making processes. Barsky writes a regular column for Ethics Alive, for The New Social Worker magazine (available online at

His research has been published in many scholarly journals, including the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Negotiation Journal and the Family Court Review. He is a regular presenter at conferences including the Council on Social Work Annual Program Meeting, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference, and the Baccalaureate Social Work Directors Conference.

Within FAU, Barsky provides conflict of interest workshops in the “Responsible Conduct of Research” series for graduate and doctoral students. Barsky has been recognized with FAU’s “Researcher of the Year Award: Creative Works” (2007), as well as the “Undergraduate Advisor of the Year” (2010) and “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” (2005) for FAU’s College for Design and Social Inquiry.


About Florida Atlantic University:Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of critical areas that form the basis of its strategic plan: Healthy aging, biotech, coastal and marine issues, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, informatics, lifespan and the environment. These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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