Ethical dilemmas in social work come in all shapes and sizes. This workshop will provide participants with an overview and in-depth examination of compelling and emerging ethical challenges in the profession. Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, this workshop will explore difficult ethics challenges and practical strategies designed to protect clients, practitioners, and agencies. The workshop will include a series of challenging ethics cases involving conflicting professional duties and discuss practical steps that professionals can take to manage ethical issues skillfully. Key topics during the first part of the workshop will include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients' rights, termination of services, and impaired practitioners. The second portion of the workshop will focus on novel ethical issues related to social workers' and clients' increasing use of digital and other electronic technology (such as social media, online social networking, video counseling, avatars, artificial intelligence, texting, email, and electronic records). The workshop will include discussion of relevant ethical and practice standards; statutes, regulations, and case law; supervision; and consultation. The workshop will focus especially on complex documentation issues. Dr. Reamer will provide ample opportunity for audience participation.
Frederic G. Reamer, Phd is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1978) and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.
6 CE Contact Hours