Ethics and Boundaries: Social Work Ethics and the Law

Understand how the intersection of law and professional ethics can complicate ethical decision making.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development Human Services
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Diane Stegner-Roadt, Human Services program participant

Program Description

Knowledge of relevant law and professional ethics, and the ability to apply both in practice, are hallmarks of the professional. In many situations, law and ethics intersect and complicate resolution of the issue. This workshop discusses the sources of authority and the expectations of both ethics and law, using MPSW 20, the NASW Code of Ethics, the ABA Code of Ethics, and Wisconsin and federal statutes to understand how law and ethics work together, especially in regard to boundaries, duty to report, duty to evaluate, the scope of practice, and continuing education. Case scenarios will be used for group problem solving.

Instructors

Headshot of Nick Smiar

Nick Smiar, Professor Emeritus of Social Work at UW-Eau Claire, has been doing ethics workshops for seventeen 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, president of the board of the Bolton Refuge House (Eau Claire), board member of Western Dairyland CAA, and Chairperson of the Social Worker Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board.