Nasw Code Of EthicsYou may get a "hug" question on the social work exam.  Let the Code of Ethics be your guide:

1.10 Physical Contact Social workers should not engage in physical contact with clients when there is a possibility of psychological harm to the client as a result of the contact (such as cradling or caressing clients). Social workers who engage in appropriate physical contact with clients are responsible for setting clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries that govern such physical contact.

March 4, 2010
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