Ethics Institute with Dr. Frederic Reamer. Three webinars--six CEUs--one price!

Wednesday, September 22 2021 6:00 PM - Wednesday, October 06 2021 2:00 PM [EDT]

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Wednesday, September 22 2021 6:00 PM - Wednesday, October 06 2021 2:00 PM [EDT]

We are pleased to offer our Ethics Institute with nationally known ethics expert, Dr. Frederic Reamer.  The Ethics Institute consists of three 2-hour webinars.  That's six CEUs for one price!

Regular Price:  $180 for three webinars

Member Price:  $150 for three webinars

Webinar One:  September 22, 2021.  6PM-8PM

Social Work in the Digital Age: Telehealth, Ethics and Risk Management Challenges

This webinar will explore cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of social workers' growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions, and online social media to deliver services, communicate with clients, and search online for information about clients.  The workshop will focus on key ethical challenges related to privacy, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, boundaries, and nontraditional interventions, among others.  Dr. Reamer will review state-of-the-art ethical, regulatory, and practice standards and guidelines.  He will discuss practical strategies to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints and litigation, including challenges associated with social workers' decisions about returning to in-person service delivery.  


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

·        Identify ethical dilemmas related to social workers' use of electronic interventions and electronic communications, digital technology, and social media

·        Apply ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols 

·        Apply relevant ethical and practice standards

·        Identify ethical issues that pose malpractice and liability risks 

·        Design strategies to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints and lawsuits 


Webinar Two:  September 29, 2021.  12PM-2PM

Moral Distress and Injury in Social Work – Ethical Conflicts in Social Work Practice.

Social workers sometimes witness, perpetrate, or fail to prevent acts that violate their deeply held beliefs. The harm that they experience is referred to as moral distress or injury. Moral distress and injury may trigger a wave of symptoms and emotions that adversely affect the practitioner: posttraumatic stress disorder; feelings of overwhelming guilt and remorse; and a sense of demoralization in the form of disheartenment, dejection, hopelessness, loss of values, and despondency. These adverse effects can be so debilitating that some practitioners will even leave the profession they love. In this webinar, Frederic Reamer discusses moral distress, injury, and demoralization; the symptoms that can manifest; prevention, self-care, and resilience; legal and ethical obligations, including what it means to be a whistleblower; and how to develop moral courage to advocate for organizational and policy changes to prevent harm. 

 At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

·       Identify moral distress and injury in social work 

·       List common symptoms and manifestations of moral distress and injury 

·       Develop protocols to promote prevention, self-care, and resilience 

·       Implement strategies to advocate for organizational and policy changes to prevent harm 


Webinar Three:  October 6 12PM-2PM

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.


For more information, contact Helen French at: 732-993-7311 or

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Frederic Reamer, PhD
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, PhD

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