How Interprofessional Collaboration Taught Me the Central Importance of Human Relationships

  • Florence Ellen Netting
Keywords: ethical principle, code of ethics, interdisciplinary, organizational clutter, human-animal interaction


The central importance of human relationships is a principle of the NASW Code of Ethics. Using organizational culture theory, this narrative focuses on how one social work educator learned lessons about this ethical principle in conducting research with colleagues from public health and veterinary medicine. This early collaboration set the stage for a career in which the central importance of human relationships permeated social work practice and education, regardless of the role being played. The author concludes that whether these relationships are developed through physical interactions or virtual exchanges, they are central to social work practice.