Ethics & Risk Management in Online & Distance Social Work: Cutting-edge Ethics and Risk-management Issues in Social Work
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About the Event
Online and distance social work has quickly come of age. It is important to adopt best practices to work online in an ethical and effective way. For some social workers, remote delivery of services reaches clients who live long distances from their office or whose special needs limit their ability to travel. For other social workers, online and distance social work has become a sudden necessity because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is essential for social workers to keep pace with rapidly evolving ethical and legal standards governing online and distance practice. This webinar will provide an up-to-the-minute overview of prevailing standards in social work. Dr. Frederic Reamer will discuss recent technology-related updates to the NASW Code of Ethics; new technology standards adopted jointly by the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, and Clinical Social Work Association; and relevant statutes and regulations. He will discuss potential benefits and risks of online and distance social work services, and present practical strategies to protect clients and prevent licensing board complaints and litigation.
About Our Presenter: 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 NASW). 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.
"Dr. Reamer is one of the country's foremost experts in professional ethics, has dedicated his career to research and reform in social work ethics, and chaired the NASW Technology Standards Task Force. No one has greater experience and expertise in the ethical and effective use of technology in social work or is able to provide social workers with more timely and relevant guidance in successfully navigating the ethical challenges of the virtual world in which we now find ourselves. If you sign up for only one workshop this year to get practical guidance in the best practices approach to the ethical and responsible use of technology in the pandemic and beyond, make it this one!" - Linda Oxford, LCSW AGAPE - Memphis