2017 Continuing Education Offerings

NASW WI offers teleconferences, webinars and on-site workshops to help you earn needed Continuing Education hours with a variety of high quality, low cost options.

Monday, October 23rd  ~  1:15 – 5:15 pmNicholas Smiar

Social Work Ethics and Boundaries and the Law

Presented by Nick Smiar, PhD, ACSW, CISW and Atty. Robert “Rock” Pledl

4 Ethics CEH

Knowledge of relevant law and professional ethics and the ability to apply both in practice are hallmarks of the profession. In many sitPledlwebuations, law and ethics intersect and complicate resolution of the issue. This workshop discusses the sources of authority and the expectations of both ethics and law, using MPSW 20, the NASW Code of Ethics, and the ABA Code of Ethics, and Wisconsin and federal statutes to understand how law and ethics work together, especially in regard to boundaries, duty to report, duty to evaluate, the scope of practice, and continuing education. Case scenarios will be used for group problem solving.


Monday, October 23rd  ~  1:15 – 5:15 pm

Jeanne WagnerEthics and Boundaries in a World of Technology

Presented by Jeanne Wagner, LCSW

4 Ethics CEH

The management of ethics, boundaries, and confidentiality in a world of constantly emerging technology and social media is especially challenging for human service professionals. This workshop will address the technology challenges encountered during the provision of human services. Strategies will be discussed utilizing the recently updated NASW Technology Standards and current best practices from the literature.


Now Available on the NASW On-line CE Institute


1 CEH Each 

To Post or Not to Post: Ethical Challenges in a Digital World
Presented by Dr. Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

This webinar will explore cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of social workers’ and clients’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions and communications, and social media. Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, Dr. Reamer will examine complex ethical issues related to social workers’ and clients’ use of social networking sites, e-therapy, chat rooms, moderated forums, Web-based psychoeducation, self-guided Web-based intervention, video conferencing, telephone therapy, avatar therapy, expert systems, search engines, email exchanges, text messages, and client blogs. The webinar will focus on key ethical challenges related to privacy, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, boundaries, nontraditional interventions, and documentation, among others. Dr. Reamer will discuss several major efforts to develop new ethical, regulatory, and practice standards that address these issues.

Violence in Social Work Practice
Presented by Dr. Christina E. Newhill, PhD, LCSW

This webinar addresses the problem of client violence toward social workers across practice settings, with the goal of raising participants’ awareness about their risk for encountering violence, learning about the risk and protective factors for such violence and addressing strategies to prevent client violence in office and field settings.

The Social Worker, Psychotropic Medication, and Right to Refuse
Presented by Mark L. Ruffalo, LCSW

The right to refuse medical treatment is a sacred right of patients in free societies–it is a recognition that individuals own their own lives and thus their own bodies, and that they should be free to refuse help offered to them for any reason or without providing reason. Yet, the right to refuse treatment is often neglected or outright violated in the field of psychiatry. Social workers–as professionals who work at the interface of medicine and the broader society–are uniquely positioned to deal with the moral and legal issues surrounding a patient’s constitutional right to refuse treatment.

Fighting Youth Sex Trafficking: The Social Worker’s Role
Presented by Christina Reardon, MSW, LSW

There are many misperceptions about youth sex trafficking – that it only occurs in foreign countries, that it’s only a problem in urban areas, that it only affects youth from certain backgrounds. Social workers are not immune from these misperceptions, which can prevent them from identifying and helping victims in their communities. This webinar will explore the two primary roles social workers have in fighting youth sex trafficking: 1) recognizing and responding to it in their client populations and 2) educating their communities about the problem. The webinar will cover topics such as the prevalence of youth sex trafficking in the United States, risk factors, and best practices for treating victims and potential victims. Webinar participants also will learn how to advocate on behalf of victims of youth sex trafficking and will be given resources they can use to gain a deeper understanding of the issue.