Ethics Education and Training

The Office of Ethics and Professional Review (OEPR) develops and provides ethics training to Chapters upon request and availability. If your Chapter is interested in having our office conduct CE approved ethics trainings, please contact ext. 231. There is no charge for the training.

The following is a collection of NASW’s ethics topics, available in an archived format, from previously-presented national teleconferences by Ethics Department staff, as well as other NASW ethics experts, developed for Specialty Practice Sections and the Lunchtime Series. Written transcripts and audio recordings are included, as well as PowerPoint slides and CE post-tests.

Specialty Practice Sections (SPS)
  • Common Ethical Mistakes Made in Private Practice
  • Professional Ethics and Social Networking
  • Making Difficult Ethical Decisions in Social Work --Practical Strategies in Challenging Circumstances
  • Ethical and Legal Challenges in Social Work--Consistency and Conflict
  • Difficult Ethics Cases in Social Work -- The Art of Decision-making
  • Boundary and Dual Relationship Issues in Social Work: Ethical and Risk-Management Considerations
Lunchtime Series
  • Ethics and Mediation
  • Ethical Issues Related to Social Workers’ Use of Social Media and Online Services
  • Am I Protected? What Social Workers Need to Know about Managing Malpractice Risk
  • Ethics in Social Work Practice: Addressing Conflicts
  • Exploring Common Ethics Dilemmas in Today’s Workplace
  • Making Ethical Decisions
  • Delivering Services to Minors: Ethical and Risk Management Issues

The courses listed below were developed by Ethics Department and the Legal Defense Fund to increase the understanding of the Code of Ethics and Malpractice Risk.

  • Understanding Malpractice Risk: What Social Workers Can Do (Funded by NASW Assurance Services, Inc.)
  • Understanding the NASW Code of Ethics (Funded by LDF's Social Work Ethics and Law Institute (SWELI))
  • An Advanced Course in Ethics and Malpractice Risk for Social Workers (Funded by NASW Assurance Services, Inc.)
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