Documentation in Social Work: Complex Ethical and Risk-management Issues

Wednesday, 6 October 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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Documentation in Social Work: Complex Ethical and Risk-management Issues 

This webinar will address complex ethical, malpractice, and risk-management issues pertaining to documentation of services and critical incidents in social work settings.  Frederic Reamer will present challenging case examples and state-of-the-art guidelines related to high-stakes documentation decisions, including issues related to wording choices, client and third-party access, electronic records management, disclosures during legal proceedings, and records management in integrated care settings, among others. Dr. Reamer will discuss practical strategies social workers can use to protect clients and themselves (including prevention of litigation and licensing board complaints). 

 At the conclusion of this workshop participants should be:    

·       Familiar with prevailing ethics and risk-management standards related to documentation in social work settings  

·       Familiar with contemporary documentation guidelines promulgated by national organizations and codes of ethics   

·       Able to identify documentation issues that pose malpractice and liability risks  

·       Able to design strategies to enhance accountability, protect clients, and prevent ethics complaints and lawsuits  


For those licensed in NY: NASW New Jersey Chapter SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0138.

REFUNDS: There are no refunds for this webinar.  All sales are final.


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Frederic Reamer
Professor, Graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

Frederic Reamer is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers in 1996 and served on the code revision task force. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association that developed technology standards for the profession. Dr. Reamer has lectured nationally and internationally on social work and professional ethics, including in India, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and in various European nations. His books include Social Work Values and Ethics; Risk Management in Social Work; The Social Work Ethics Casebook; Ethical Standards in Social Work; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work; Moral Distress and Injury in Human Services; and The Social Work Ethics Audit, among others. Dr. Reamer has served as an expert witness in many court and licensing board cases throughout the United States.

About Frederic Reamer

Professor, Graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College