Social Work Ethics in Light of COVID-19: Online and In-Person Practice Issues and Responses




Social Work Ethics in Light of COVID-19: Online and In-Person Practice Issues and Responses

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

12:00pm to 1:30pm


Presenter: Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD

NASW-NYS Members: $15

NASW Other Chapter Member: $22.50

Non-Members: $30

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

As the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic set in, social workers have had to make major changes in the way they practice. Some social workers have switched from in-person practice to practicing online. Some are working in agencies that have reduced services or have closed completely. Many clients and communities are struggling with how to stay healthy, how to care for the most vulnerable, and how to cope with the stress and anxiety that have emerged from the pandemic. This webinar is designed to help social workers recognize and respond to ethical issues arising from these new realities: providing services for clients who lack easy access to technology, competence required for providing services online, maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients, changes in HIPAA regulations and implications for confidentiality, and risk management when providing services in-person.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Make effective ethical decisions regarding the use of technology to communicate with clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and similar health emergencies (including issues pertaining to professional competence, access to services, informed consent, and client safety).
  • Make informed choices about how to enhance client confidentiality and reduce risks when using technology to communicate with clients.
  • Establish appropriate boundaries around communication with clients through the use of technology.
  • Make informed decisions about whether and how to provide in-person services in a manner that reduces risk of COVID-19 transmission.

This workshop is approved for 1.5 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Allan Edward Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University where he was selected as “Scholar of the Year” for 2020. He is a former chair of the NASW National Ethics Committee and chaired the NASW’s committee to update the Code of Ethics. His book credits include “Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions” and “Ethics and Values in Social Work” (Oxford University Press). For further information about Dr. Barsky, please see  



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September 23rd, 2020 12:00 PM through  1:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 15.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $ 22.50
Non-Member $ 30.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $ 0.00