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  • 30 Jan 2022
  • 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Online ZOOM
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Live, Interactive Webinar with
Dr. Frederic Reamer

January 28, 2022 | 2:30 to 5:30 pm (EST): Moral Distress and Injury in Clinical Social Work--Cases, Causes, and Strategies for Prevention

January 30, 2022 | 1:30 to 4:30 pm (EST): Complex Ethics Cases in Clinical Social Work: Protecting Clients and Ourselves

Must attend both days to receive the 6 CEs

Target Audience: social workers, mental health professionals

Content level: All levels

January 28, 2022: Moral Distress and Injury in Clinical Social Work--Cases, Causes, and Strategies for Prevention

Clinical social workers sometimes learn about, witness, perpetrate, or fail to prevent acts that violate their deeply held beliefs. The harm that they experience is referred to as moral distress or injury. Moral distress and injury may trigger a wave of symptoms and emotions that adversely affect the practitioner: posttraumatic stress disorder; feelings of overwhelming guilt and remorse; and a sense of demoralization in the form of disheartenment, dejection, hopelessness, loss of values, and despondency. Dr. Frederic Reamer will discuss the concepts of moral distress, injury, and demoralization; the symptoms that can manifest; prevention, self-care, and resilience; legal and ethical obligations, including what it means to be a whistleblower; and how to develop moral courage to advocate for organizational and policy changes to prevent harm.

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify common symptoms and manifestations of moral distress and injury in clinical social work.
  2. Design state-of-the-art strategies to address moral distress and injury.
  3. Develop protocols to promote prevention, self-care, and resilience.
  4. Implement strategies to advocate for organizational and policy changes to prevent harm.

    January 30, 2022: Complex Ethics Cases in Clinical Social Work: Protecting Clients and Ourselves

      This webinar will include an in-depth examination of compelling and complex ethical challenges in clinical social work. Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, Dr. Frederic Reamer will explore difficult ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients and help prevent litigation and licensing board complaints. The webinar will include a series of challenging ethics cases and discuss practical steps that professionals can take to manage ethical issues skillfully. Key topics will include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, technology use and remote delivery of services, clients’ rights, termination of services, and documentation challenges. The webinar will include discussion of relevant ethics standards; practice standards; and statutes, regulations, and case law. Dr. Reamer will make extensive use of case material.

      Learning Objectives

      At the conclusion of this webinar participants will be able to:

      1. Identify challenging ethical issues and dilemmas in clinical social work. 
      2. Apply practical ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols. 
      3. Identify ethical issues that pose malpractice, liability, and disciplinary risks.
      4. Design strategies to protect clients and practitioners.  

        About the instructor

        Frederic G. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983.  His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics.  Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1978) and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.  He has also taught at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (1978-1981), and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work (1981-1983).  Dr. Reamer has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1979-1981); as Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island (1987-1990); and as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the state housing finance agency (1987-1995). Dr. Reamer served on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board from 1992 to 2016.  He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education (1990-1994).  He serves as Associate Editor of the National Association of Social Workers Encyclopedia of Social Work (Oxford University Press and National Association of Social Workers).

        Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics.  He has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania.  He has published 23 books and more than 170 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles.  His books include:

        • On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice (Columbia University Press)
        • Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Behavioral Health (Cognella Academic Publishing)
        • Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work (Cognella Academic Publishing)
        • Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action (Columbia University Press)
        • Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press)
        • Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences (Columbia University Press)
        • The Social Work Ethics Casebook: Cases and Commentary (NASW Press)
        • A Guide to Essential Human Services (NASW Press)
        • Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice (Columbia University Press)
        • Social Work Values and Ethics (Columbia University Press)
        • Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services (Columbia University Press)
        • Ethical Standards in Social Work: A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics (NASW Press)
        • The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool (NASW Press)
        • Ethics Education in Social Work (Council on Social Work Education)
        • The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor)
        • Social Work Malpractice and Liability (Columbia University Press)
        • Social Work Research and Evaluation Skills (Columbia University Press)
        • The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work (Columbia University Press)
        • AIDS and Ethics (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor)
        • Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service (Columbia University Press)
        • Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice (Columbia University Press; co-author, Charles H. Shireman)
        • The Teaching of Social Work Ethics (The Hastings Center; co-author, Marcia Abramson).
        • Finding Help for Struggling Teens: A Guide for Parents and the Professionals Who Work with Them (NASW Press; co-author, Deborah H. Siegel)
        • Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids (Columbia University Press; co-author, Deborah H. Siegel)

        Dr. Reamer is also the author of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social WorkEncyclopedia of BioethicsEncyclopedia of Global EthicsEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human DevelopmentEncyclopedia of Higher Education, and Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. He has been an essayist on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (“This I Believe” series), a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and a guest on various radio and television broadcasts.  Since 2007 Dr. Reamer has served as host and producer of the National Public Radio series This I Believe—New England, broadcast weekly.  He is featured in the Yahoo News national series Unfiltered and as a commentator in the video documentaries America’s Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil and Rampage: Killing without Reason.  He is also a featured expert on the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series This Emotional Life.

        Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally (including India, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Djibouti, Bahrain, Indonesia, Diego Garcia, Spain, Romania, Poland, Greece, and Canada) on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability.  He has served as an adjunct professor and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, Simmons College, Smith College, University of Oklahoma, and Augsburg University.  Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and served on the code revision task force.  He chaired the international commission sponsored by the Association of Social Work Boards to develop Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice.  Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored jointly by the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association to develop Technology Standards in Social Work Practice. He has served as an expert witness and consultant in 117 court and licensing board cases addressing professional ethics.

        Dr. Reamer received the “Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education” award from the Council on Social Work Education (1995); Presidential Award from the National Association of Social Workers (1997); Richard Lodge Prize from Adelphi University for “outstanding contributions to the development of social work theory” (2005); Edith Abbott Award from the University of Chicago for “distinguished service to society and outstanding contributions at the local, national or international levels” (2005); Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award for “dedicated service and citizen contribution toward the criminal justice profession and the public interest” (2009); International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award from the National Association of Social Workers for significantly advancing “the public image of social work” (2012); Excellence in Ethics Award from the National Association of Social Workers (2015); and inaugural Contributor Award from the Association of Social Work Boards (2019). In 2016 Dr. Reamer was named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers for his “commitment and dedication to the social work profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions at the local, state, national, and international levels.”

        Course interaction & system requirements

        This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

        Fee & Registration




        CSWA Member $140.00
        Non-member $190.00

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        Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the live webinar to receive a refund. Each registered participant will receive log-in information via email from prior to the Webinar.

        Course Completion & CE Info

        To earn 6 CE credits, participants must log in at the scheduled time, and attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be issued upon completion of the evaluation.

        Clinical Social Work Association, provider #1719, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Board (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Clinical Social Work Association maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/27/20 – 08/27/23. Clinical Social Workers completing this course will receive 6 clinical continuing education credits after passing the post-test.

        Social Work CE’s for New York State providers will be issued by Tree of Hope Counseling.

        Tree of Hope Counseling is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, Approval #SW-0322. 

        To receive a CE certificate, participants must be registered through CSWA, attend both days, complete the sign-in and out process, and complete the evaluation and post test as required. Notification of your intent to obtain a CE certificate from Tree of Hope for this webinar must be sent to:

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        System Requirements to Participate

        On a PC:
        Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
        Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or later
        Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
        Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB or more of RAM

        On a Mac:

        Safari 6, Firefox 34, Google Chrome 39 (JavaScript enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
        Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
        Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection (1 Mbps or faster)
        Intel processor (2GB of RAM or better)

        Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP a microphone and speakers. (A USB headset is recommended.)

        On an iPad, iPhone, Android or Windows mobile device:
        Free Zoom at ; WiFi connection recommended for VoIP audio


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