New Standards of Technology Use

Technology is an integral part of social work practice, both assisting us in enhancing practice and posing new and complex problems in that practice. Earn 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) while learning the latest in this important and ever-evolving topic.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development | Human Services | Health Care
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Ethics and Boundaries

Who Should Attend

Social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, school psychologists, and other human service professionals.

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Program Description

Current best practices using technology in social work

Since technology is rapidly changing, it’s vital that human services professionals continually evaluate and examine the role it plays in practice. In this program, we will employ both MPSW 20 Code of Conduct and the recently revised National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics in group discussion of scenarios drawn from practice.

We will explore the ethical dimensions of the use of technology in:

  • professional boundaries
  • confidentiality
  • electronic communications
  • social media
  • telehealth


Nick Smiar, Professor Emeritus of Social Work at UW-Eau Claire, has been doing ethics workshops for twenty years. Dr. Smiar has worked in residential treatment, child welfare, community mental health, and psychiatric hospital settings. He is also a graduate of the Divinity School of The University of Chicago, a County Board Supervisor for Eau Claire County, member of the board of the Bolton Refuge House (Eau Claire), board member of Western Dairyland CAA, and former Chairperson of the Social Worker Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board.


UW-Parkside Continuing Education

This program is possible thanks to a partnership between UW‐Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW‐Parkside Continuing Education.

*Listing of partners does not represent endorsement by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/Extension.