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Ethics Committee


The NASW-NC Chapter Ethics Committee is an NASW-mandated committee charged with processing ethical complaints filed against NASW members residing in North Carolina. This committee hears and determines the outcome of reported violations of the NASW Code of Ethics.


Also, this committee provides ethical consultation to members, promotes ethics education, and develops ethics resources for social workers. The Chapter Ethics Committee meets by conference call.


Your NASW-NC Chapter Ethics Committee offers peer ethical consultation to NASW-NC members. To submit your ethics questions call 800-280-6207 ext 300.  This service is a NASW-NC member benefit and your membership will be verified.



Committee Chairperson

Ravita T. Omabu Okafor, MSW, LCSW


Committee Members

  • Natalie Ames, Ed.D, MSW- Vice Chairperson
  • Avery Cook, MSW, LCSW
  • Dayna Guido, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
  • Dr. Joanne Hessmiller, Ph.D, ACSW
  • Joseph Peters, MSW, LCSW
  • Susan Shankle, MSW, LCSW

NASW-NC Staff Contact

Valerie Arendt, MSW, MPP

Executive Director


Ethics Links


To Join this Committee

Any NASW-NC member with a social work degree from an accredited social work program is eligible to apply to serve on the committee. To apply, the member must submit a resume to the Ethics Committee Chairperson who contacts the member to explain committee functions and discuss the member’s interest. The chair presents the member’s credentials to the committee for a vote on admitting the member.  If the vote is affirmative, the chair forwards a request for approval to the NASW-NC Board of Directors. The individual may join the CEC after the board approves the application.  CEC members cannot be members of the chapter board of directors. Members who miss or fail to respond to notices of three consecutive meetings may be removed from the committee.

All CEC members must agree to:

  • serve a three-year term;
  • sign a confidentiality agreement to be kept on file at chapter office;
  • rotate responsibility for taking minutes as assigned by the chair each January;
  • remain neutral, objective, and professional.


CEC members who provide consultation services must have:

  • an MSW degree from an accredited social work program;
  • LCSW licensure OR substantial ethics experience as determined by the committee OR experience deemed equivalent by the committee;
  • at least five years post-master’s work experience; 
  •  no active or past licensure sanctions.



Free ethics consultation from NASW-NC's Chapter Ethics Committee is a available only to NASW-NC members.  If you are a current member of NASW-NC, and you would like to submit a question, please email You may also call 919-828-9650, ext. 300.  Should you choose to access this service, please read the following:

Disclaimer Statement:  Please understand that you are fully responsible for your actions regarding your ethics questions brought before NASW-NC staff and/or members of the NASW-NC Ethics Committee. NASW-NC offers services to assist practitioners in considering options. We are not responsible for any consequences that occur as a result of your actions.

In addition to reviewing this web-page, we recommend that you confer with other colleagues and call NASW’s national Ethical Consultation Hotline (1-800-742-4089, Mondays/Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ). For legal consultation members may call the NASW Legal Consultation line at 202-408-8600 ext. 592.  Consultation is available Monday through Thursday from 11 am - 4:30 pm.


Since most ethical complaints are filed with the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board, consider reviewing the Social Work Practice Act and the Administrative Code found at to ensure your compliance.

To view the NASW Code of Ethics on-line, visit

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