2020 Ethics and Boundaries

The National Association of Social Workers-Wisconsin Chapter is closely monitoring developments related to the respiratory illness commonly referred to as the Coronavirus (COVID 19). Based on the information we have at this time, the NASW-WI  2020 workshops are being changed to live webinars, in order to work with the administration and be part of the effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Our first priority is the health and safety of our members and the clients and communities you serve.  Visit the CDC for best practices, FAQs, and more information

We are offering 2 Ethics workshops at our Annual Conference!

 Monday, October 26th from 1:15-5:15 pm. 
Register at https://events.eply.com/2020NASWWIAnnualConference

Social Work Ethics and Boundaries: Social Work, Social Justice, and Advocacy

4 Ethics CEH’s
Nicholas Smiar, PhD, ACSW, CISW

By making the links between direct practice and social policy, the workshop will illustrate both the obligations and the benefits of the connections for both clients and society in general.


Dr. Smiar has been presenting ethics workshops for continuing education of social workers since Chapter 457 was enacted in the late 1990’s. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and former Chairperson of the Social Worker Section of the MPSW Board.  Dr. Smiar is Chairperson of the Eau Claire County Board and County Board Supervisor for District 15, and former Vice Chairperson of Eau Claire County’s Human Services Board. He continues to teach at UW-Eau Claire in the Honors Program and also works internationally on regular basis in South Africa, Germany, and Austria.

Social Work Ethics and Boundaries in Rural Wisconsin

4 Ethics CEH’s
Jess Bowers, MSW, CAPSW

With the increasing work demands and complexities of issues experienced by clients, managing ethical dilemmas and professional boundaries can be challenging. This workshop will further explore how to identify and respond to ethical issues, especially when values and ethics conflict with professional responsibilities. This workshop will provide tips and refreshers for maintaining healthy boundaries, especially in rural communities, and will explore emerging ethical challenges in the areas of confidentiality, informed consent, technology and social media.


Professor Jess Bowers joined the Sociology and Social Work Department at UWSP in 2014. In addition to teaching, she coordinates the social work field education program. Jess received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1998 and a masters in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2006. She obtained her pupil services license for school social work in 2014. Jess has previous practice experience in juvenile justice, family violence, and child welfare. The bulk of her practice experience has been in central Wisconsin.