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NASW-TN Fall Educational Forum Featuring Dr. Frederic Reamer
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2018 Fall Forum will feature Dr. Frederic Reamer, a social work ethics expert. He will discuss Social Work Ethics in regard to the digital world in the morning and Social Work ethics and dual relationships in the afternoon.

When: Friday Sept 21, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Goodwill Lifsey Training Center
937 Herman Street
Nashville, TN  37208
United States
Contact: Melissa West

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NASW-TN's Fall Educational Forum
Friday September 21, 2018

6.0 CEUs (Each session qualifies for 3.0 in Ethics)

8:15am - 8:45am      Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am      Introductions and Welcome 

9:00am - 12:00pm    
Ethical and Risk-management Issues in a
                       Digital World: Protecting Clients (and Ourselves)

This workshop will provide participants with an overview and in-depth examination of ethical issues arising out of social workers' and clients' increased use of digital technology, social media, social networking, and electronic communications in the context of a professional-client relationship.  Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, this workshop will  explore ethical issues related to social workers' and clients' use of social media and social networking sites (for example, Facebook, Twitter), e-therapy, electronic chat rooms, moderated forums, Web-based psychoeducation, self-guided Web-based intervention, video counseling, telephone therapy, cybertherapy, expert systems, email exchanges, text messages, smartphone apps, and client blogs. The workshop will focus on key ethical and risk-management issues related to privacy, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, boundaries, dual relationships, and documentation, among others. The presenter will make extensive use of case material and provide ample opportunity for audience participation.  Dr. Reamer will share new and emerging regulatory and ethical standards related to social workers' use of technology, including recent and significant NASW Code of Ethics updates.

10:15am - 10:30am             Coffee Break                                  

12:00pm - 1:00pm              Lunch and Networking
                                      **Boxed Lunch provided for full day attendees**

1:00pm - 4:00pm Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary and

                                 Dual Relationships in Social Work

Is it okay for social workers to maintain contact with former clients?  Disclose personal information?  Accept gifts or invitations from clients?  Barter for services? Can social workers have relationships with former clients on Facebook? How should social workers manage boundaries when they work and live in the same community? This workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of boundary issues and dual relationships in the delivery of social work services. Using case material, Dr. Reamer will acquaint participants with a typology of complex boundary issues and dual relationships, including those that have arisen in the digital age.  Participants will learn how to identify and respond constructively to complex boundary issues, protect clients, comply with prevailing ethics standards, prevent professional malpractice, and avoid liability and disciplinary action. Key topics will include the nature of boundary issues, types of dual relationships, and risk-management strategies.

2:45pm-3:00pm                  Coffee Break                                           

4:00pm                                Dismiss and pick up certificates.


About Our Presenter:  

Frederic G. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983.  His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics.  Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.  He has also taught at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work.  Dr. Reamer has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; as Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island; as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the state housing finance agency; and on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board.  He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education.  He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Work (Oxford University Press and National Association of Social Workers).

                Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics.  He has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania.  He has published 21 books and more than 140 journal articles and book chapters.  His books include:


·         Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action (Columbia University Press)

·         Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press)

·         On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice (Columbia University Press)

·         Heinous Crime: Cases, Causes, and Consequences (Columbia University Press)

·         The Social Work Ethics Casebook: Cases and Commentary (NASW Press)

·         A Guide to Essential Human Services (NASW Press)

·         Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice (Columbia University Press)

·         Social Work Values and Ethics (Columbia University Press)

·         Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services (Columbia University Press)

·         Ethical Standards in Social Work: A Review of the NASW Code of Ethics (NASW Press)

·         The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool (NASW Press)

·         Ethics Education in Social Work (Council on Social Work Education)

·         The Foundations of Social Work Knowledge (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor)

·         Social Work Malpractice and Liability (Columbia University Press)

·         Social Work Research and Evaluation Skills (Columbia University Press)

·         The Philosophical Foundations of Social Work (Columbia University Press)

·         AIDS and Ethics (Columbia University Press; editor and contributor)

·         Ethical Dilemmas in Social Service (Columbia University Press)

·         Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice (Columbia University Press; co-author, Charles H. Shireman)

·         The Teaching of Social Work Ethics (The Hastings Center; co-author, Marcia Abramson).

·         Finding Help for Struggling Teens: A Guide for Parents and the Professionals Who Work with Them (NASW Press; co-author, Deborah H. Siegel)

·         Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids (Columbia University Press; co-author, Deborah H. Siegel)

Dr. Reamer is also the author of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social WorkEncyclopedia of BioethicsEncyclopedia of Global EthicsEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development, and Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. He has been an essayist on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and a guest on various radio broadcasts.  Since 2007 Dr. Reamer has served as host and producer of the National Public Radio series, This I Believe—New England, broadcast weekly by NPR and Rhode Island Public Radio.  He is featured as a commentator in the 10-part video documentary, America’s Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil and in the 10-part video documentary, Rampage: Killing without Reason.  He is also a featured expert on the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) series, This Emotional Life

                Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally (including India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Canada) on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, Simmons College, and Smith College.  Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers and has served on the code revision task force. 

                Dr. Reamer received the "Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education" award from the Council on Social Work Education (1995); Presidential Award from the National Association of Social Workers (1997); Richard Lodge Prize from Adelphi University for “outstanding contributions to the development of social work theory” (2005); Edith Abbott Award from the University of Chicago for “distinguished service to society and outstanding contributions at the local, national or international levels” (2005); Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award for “dedicated service and citizen contribution toward the criminal justice profession and the public interest” (2009); and International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award from the National Association of Social Workers for significantly advancing "the public image of social work" (2012).  In 2016 Dr. Reamer was named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers for his "commitment and dedication to the social work profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions at the local, state, national, and international levels."


Early bird pricing extended until September 7.  

Fall Forum Member Full Day - $135 Early Bird Price: $125.00

Fall Forum Member Half Day - $80 Early Bird Price: $70.00

Fall Forum Non-Member Full Day - $185 Early Bird Price: $175.00

Fall Forum Non-Member Half Day - $100 Early Bird Price: $90.00

Fall Forum Student Full Day - $80

Fall Forum Student Half Day - $40


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