Exploring Professional Boundaries and Ethical Obligations of Rural Social Workers

 Registration is closed for this event



Rural Social Work Series: Best Practices, Ethics, Minimizing Liability, and Self-Care

Exploring Professional Boundaries and Ethical Obligations of Rural Social Workers

Sponsored by the NASW-NYS Northeast & Genesee Valley Divisions

Thursday, December 7, 2023

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST


Presenter: Kathryn Krase, PhD, JD, MSW

NASW-NYS Members: $15

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $20

Non-Members: $20

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

This workshop meets NYSED requirements for mental health professionals to recieve 3 hours of training on maintaining appropriate professional boundaries (effective April 2023)

Register Now


Workshop Description

Can social workers in rural settings work with clients that they know from outside of the job? Social Workers are charged with the legal and ethical responsibility to maintain professional boundaries, but the obligation isn’t always so easy to discern, especially when you’re working in small towns and insular communities. This course brings real-world context to ethical concerns often experienced by rural social workers in practice in maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. This course will provide a framework to contemplate ethical dilemmas and make informed decisions that insulate professionals from legal liability while protecting clients from harm.  


Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the ethical and legal responsibility of Social Workers in rural settings to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with the students and families they serve.
  • Define dual relationships within a rural community.
  • Apply a framework to avoid dual relationships whenever possible.
  • Apply a framework to minimize potential harm to clients and social workers whenever dual relationships are not avoidable.
  • Explain how to demonstrate that a client has not been exploited or coerced, intentionally or unintentionally.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 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), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

Return to the top




Kathryn Krase, PhD, JD, MSW, is is a social worker, lawyer, researcher, educator, and expert on professional ethics. She has significant experience as a family law practitioner, social work supervisor, along with more than 20 years of experience in faculty and administrative roles in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level social work programs in and around New York City. Dr. Krase is the Principal Consultant for Krase Consulting, in Brooklyn, New York, where she focuses on educating mental and physical health professionals on their general legal and ethical obligations..  



Register Now




Return to the top


December 7th, 2023 from  6:00 PM to  9:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $15.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $20.00
Non-Member $20.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00