Social Work Ethics and the Law
Understand how the intersection of law and professional ethics can complicate ethical decision making. Earn 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) while covering this topic.
|Categories||Professional and Workforce Development | Human Services | Health Care|
|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.
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.
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.