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Ethics and Boundaries: Ethics and Technology

In this online program, social workers will explore how technology can affect work-life including practice and communication improvements. We will learn about the common pitfalls of using technology in our work and what the new technology standards are.

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Monday, Feb. 1, 2021
Schedule Feb. 1, 2021 10am to 3:00pm

Session will run from 10 AM - Noon and 1 - 3 PM.

Delivery Format Online

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We know how much technology has improved our workflow from efficiencies to accuracies. Technology has greatly expanded the ability of social workers to be able to interact, communicate, and assist their clients in an entirely new capacity. We must explore the question: what are the challenges or potential ethical dilemmas associated with relying on technology in our practices? Social workers are held accountable to the NASW Code of Ethics, however, there are new technology standards in the most recent revision of the NASW Code of Ethics. In this online program, we will develop strategies for minimizing the risk of ethical violations of using technology in social work practice. We will also identify the new technology standards in the revised NASW Code of Ethics. 

This program will be delivered through the use of prerecorded video content, voice annotated PowerPoint slides, and discussion prompts. New modules are released each week, with the instructor monitoring and interacting with participants through discussion boards. You can view the content and participate in the discussion boards whenever it is convenient for you each week.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the technology‐related standards in the revised NASW Code of Ethics. 
  • Describe the benefits and ethical challenges created by the use of technology in social work practice. 
  • Develop strategies for minimizing the risk of ethical violations using technology in social work practice.

This program satisfies the Wisconsin Social Worker’s Ethics and Boundaries requirements for licensing.

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Who Should Attend

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


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.

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Standard Fee $99.00

Fee includes instruction, online discussion boards, online materials, instructor interaction, and 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs).

Additional Information

Synchronous delivery. Webinars are live-streamed in two - 2-hour sessions on the same day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Participants must attend both sessions to get the 4 hours of credit. The participants can ask questions and participate in activities live.


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