Ethics Courses

Just Tell Me What To Do: Navigating the complicated world of Social Work Ethics Workshop by Brian Giddens 11.18.16


About the Workshop:

Ethical dilemmas are a constant issue for social workers, regardless of the work setting or populations served.  This workshop begins with an up-to-date review of key ethical principles applicable to the social work profession and the NASW Code of Ethics, and then provides opportunities to learn tangible tools for analyzing and managing ethical issues. Throughout the workshop, case-based practice examples will be utilized to reinforce the discussion, and to allow for hands-on “practice” in resolving ethical dilemmas.   Examples and cases will be drawn from a variety of practice settings, including health, mental health, and community-based work, and will address diverse populations. Legal and risk management issues relating to documentation, scope of practice and consultation will be addressed, as will  issues relating to social media and online interventions.


By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key ethical principles applicable to the social work profession;
  • Understand the process for approaching and managing an ethical issue;
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate ethical principles into “real-life” problem-solving;
  • Be aware of how to “manage” risk;
  • Through practice, become more proficient in addressing and resolving ethical dilemmas

About the Presenter: Brian Giddens, LICSW, ACSW, is Director of Social Work and Care Coordination for the University of Washington Medical Center and Clinical Professor with the University of Washington School of Social Work, where he has taught courses integrating organizational practice, leadership, ethics and health care practice.  Brian’s professional background has focused on health and mental health in community-based organizations, long-term care, acute care, and outpatient programs.  Brian has presented extensively on subjects relating to ethics, health care, and management in not-for-profit settings.  In addition to roles as a manager, author and educator, Brian is committed to issues of health policy and was named a DHHS Primary Health Care Policy Fellow in 2004.  Brian has been active with NASW in many roles, including serving from 1995-2004 on the Advisory Committee of the National Association of Social Work HIV/AIDS Spectrum: Mental Health Training and Education of Social Workers Project, and serving as a panel member of the NASW Case Management Standards Revision Committee.  Brian is a past President for NASW Washington State Chapter, and has also served two terms as President of the Washington State Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care.

CE Contact Hours:  6 (6 of which may be used as Law and Ethics CE Contact Hours)

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Date: November 18, 2016

Compass Health
4526 Federal Ave
Everett, WA