Ethics Violations Bring Sanctions
The social worker knew the relationship violated the code and
did nothing to prevent it.
The Executive Committee of the NASW Board of Directors on June
24, 2005, sanctioned a social worker who was found by the Montana
Chapter to have violated the association's Code of Ethics.
The Executive Committee imposed the sanctions because Craig Simmons,
a social worker from Montana, failed to complete corrective actions
recommended by the chapter.
During a hearing, the chapter determined that Simmons violated
code section 1.06 Conflicts of Interest (b) and (c); section 1.09
Sexual Relationships (a), (b) and (c); section 1.16 Termination
of Services (d); and section 5.05 Integrity of the Profession
Simmons, who was married, allowed and encouraged a sexual relationship
with a married client that resulted in two divorces. He later
married and eventually divorced the client. Simmons acknowledged
knowing that his relationship was in violation of the code and
did nothing to prevent the relationship from developing.
The Executive Committee voted to revoke Simmons' NASW membership
and credentials, notify the Montana licensing board of the infractions,
and publish the sanctions for one year in the NASW News and on
Web site and in the Montana Chapter's newsletter.
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