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Ethics and Boundaries: Ethics and Technology

In this 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
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Online
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Monday, Feb. 1, 2021
Schedule Feb. 1, 2021 – Feb. 26, 2021

This class will consist of 4 one hour modules that will be posted on Canvas. One module will be posted each week.

Keep you and your patients safe and protected

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 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


Lisa Quinn-Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at UW-Eau Claire. She received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from UW-Eau Claire, Master’s in Social Work from UW-Madison, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Quinn-Lee has spent over 15 years as a clinical social worker in the areas of grief, loss, and end-of-life care, especially related to children's grief. She has worked as a hospice social worker, grief therapist, and bereavement coordinator. She has always felt honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work with people during the difficult times in their lives. Dr. Quinn-Lee has given many presentations nationally and locally about death, dying, grief, and loss and is passionate about the field. At UW-Eau Claire, she conducts research in the areas of grief and end-of-life care, and also teaches a death and bereavement course. Prior to coming to UW-Eau Claire, she spent most of her career working in the Twin Cities.

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