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F20-506 Ethical Consideration and Strategies for Addressing the Issues of Confidentiality in Social Work Practice


Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

Category:
500 Ethics |  800 Online
Instructor(s):
Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
Intermediate
Duration:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

Dates


Description

This workshop focuses on strategies for identifying and addressing common, yet complex ethical issues concerning confidentiality that social workers face in their practice. To provide services, it is often necessary to share and obtain information from community partners serving individuals, and yet confidentiality practices are confusing and complicated. Content will include: An overview of the Maryland Statute and Regulations which govern confidentiality of health records, mental health records, substance abuse records, social service records, education records, the requirements for release of information, child maltreatment or imminent harm information, privileged communication, and clinician’s personal notes. The presenter served on the National NASW committee to revise the NASW Confidentiality and Information Utilization Issue Statement and will include an overview of these national standards. In addition, risk management strategies will be identified.

 

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Instructor(s)

Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C Related seminars and products: 3

University of Maryland School of Social Work


Social Worker, LCSW-C and alum of SSW. Currently Faculty Liaison and Clinical Instructor at SSW; her responsibilities are with the Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare program. Over 25 years’ experience in the human services field including direct service, staff development and training, administration and teaching – many of those years with the MD St. Dept. of Human Resources. She has been instrumental in organizing the SW advocacy day in Annapolis which has brought visibility to SW issues through work with MSW students and legislators. She has been a Board Member of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 1983 serving in a variety of capacities.  Her current focus is on local activities of this national foundation where she offers technical assistance and promotes community organizing and economic development with low income individuals. Pleased to have her contribute her expertise in the area of social work advocacy to the CPE program.


Agenda & Learning Objectives

 
AGENDA:
09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30
  • Overview of Concepts and Ethical Principals related to the sharing and obtaining of confidential information.
  • Exploration of the functions served by an ethical code Identification of the statute, regulations, and policy concerning confidentiality.
  • General principles of confidentiality: three types of permitted disclosures and informed consent.
  • Review of NASW
  • Confidentiality and information utilization issue statement.

 

 

10:30 - 10:45                                        

Break
10:45 - 12:15
  • Relevant confidentiality laws for social work practice.
  • Child abuse and neglect information and other social services information, Court related issues.
  • Required disclosures: reporting child abuse and neglect, vulnerable adults, and duty to warn, education records and sharing information between agencies that serve children and families.
12:15 Questions & Adjournment


 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Distinguish the basic elements, concepts and terms concerning confidentiality and the restrictions and practice implications of the release of confidential information.
  • Explore the use of statute, regulations, and social work standards, which govern the protection of the various kinds of information obtained during the social work practice.
  • Apply professional values and ethical concepts to workplace situations including the following issues: Imminent harm, informed consent, duty to warn, and record keeping.
  • Explore strategies when responding to ethical issues and dilemmas concerning confidentiality practice.

Bibliography & References

REFERENCES

 

Maryland Statutes reviewed: from https://advance.lexis.com/

Public Information Act (PIA) State Government, § 10-612, et seq.
Human Services Article §1-201et seq (LDSS)
Human Services Article §1-202et seq (CA/N)
Human Services Article §§1-208, et seq. (among state agencies) 
Health General §8-601 (Drug & Alcohol)
Health General, §4-301, et seq. (Medical/ Mental Health) especially §4-306
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Courts and Judicial Proceedings, §5-609 (Duty to Warn)
Family Law §5-711 (cps/medical)
Human Services Article §1-208 et seq
Health General §20-102
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §  1232g (FERPA)
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 
Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 3-827
 
COMAR 10.42.03 Code of Ethics. http://www.dsd.state.md.us/COMAR/ComarHome.html
 
National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW, 2017) Code of Ethics). https://www.socialworkers.org/about/ethics/code-of-ethics/code-of-ethics-english
 
Confidentiality in Social Work: Issues and Principles Suanna J. Wilson. The Free Press, New York, 1978
 
NASW Issue Statement on Confidentiality and Information Utilization, Social Work Speaks, 10th edition. NASW Publications 2019. 

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms

LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR PLATFORMS

 

The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.

 

System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.

 

Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after November 20, 2020 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

 

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information

 

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

 

ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.

 

Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2020 to 02/11/2021. Social workers participating in this course receive {3.0} continuing education {ethics} credits.

 

Please refer to the tab "Live Interactive Webinar Policies & FAQs" for UMSSW Office of CPE policies regarding all live interactive webinar related matters.

Webinar Policies & FAQs

 

1. Are the webinars live?

Majority of our webinars are live and interactive. If they are pre-recorded, we will provide that information before registration.

You should treat the live and interactive webinars as if you are attending an in-person course in a classroom setting, which means Live Interactive Webinars require proper classroom etiquette. The instructor will always require your participation and attention.

 

2. Who are you authorized by?

While most licensing boards (Social Work, Professional Counselors and Psychologists) accept CE credits provided by Accredited Schools/Colleges of Social Work, licensees are responsible for determining whether specific courses meet their jurisdiction’s requirements.State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.

The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also approved by the following organizations:

  • The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program, Provider number 1611, which is accepted by most States and Provinces. Click here to see the map*  
  • The Maryland Board of Social Worker Examiners (BSWE).
  • Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
  • DC Department of Health: Professional Counseling and Social Work.
  • Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists (and many others)

**Not every course is approved by each organization. It is the responsibility of the participant to check the approval statement on the website to determine which CE approvals are being offered for each course.

 

3. Which CE category can webinars satisfy?

Live Interactive Webinars are Category I CEs in Maryland. Live Interactive Webinars are equivalent to face-to-face workshops and meet Maryland BSWEs standards. For other States, please check your regulatory Board to determine how many online courses you can attend per licensing period.

 

4. What are the platforms we use to host our webinars?

Please visit our link to our webinar platforms for more information.

 

5. How do I receive my CEs at the end of the webinar?

CE certificates will be made available to all participants who attend the webinar in full, and completes the evaluation found in their registration profile.

Failure to perform each step may result in a participant’s inability to receive CE credit.

**If you are outside of the DMV area, and you need an ASWB certificate, please notify our department via email at cpe@ssw.umaryland.edu so we can issue you the ASWB CE.

**IMPORTANT: ASWB credit does not apply to all workshops; please check the CE statement on the workshop.

 

6. What if I am running late to join the webinar or have to leave the webinar early?

According to ACE standards, full attendance is required to receive CE certificate. Therefore, if you arrive to the webinar late or leave the webinar early, you will not receive a CE certificate, partial credit is not offered for any of The Office of Continuing Professional Education workshops or webinars.

We suggest that if you have never attended a webinar with us, you should attempt to log in at least 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

 

7. What if I am having technical difficulties during the webinar?

If you are have technical difficulties during the webinar, please do not notify the Instructor of these issues. Instead, please notify The Office of Continuing Professional Education department as soon as possible. There are three options you can choose from:

  • Email the Webinar Assistant at cpe@ssw.umaryland.edu
  • Call the Webinar Assistant at 410-706-1839
  • Private message the Webinar Assistant during the webinar

 

8. What specific equipment do I need to attend the webinar?

The specific equipment that is essential to participating in a webinar is the following: working computer, tablet, or smart phone and speakers on your computer. Headphones would provide you with the best quality audio experience to listen to the instructor’s lectures. In addition, make sure that your device does not lose battery midway through the webinar, have your device plugged in and charging at all times. If this situation does happen where your device dies, you may rejoin the webinar and make sure to notify the Webinar Assistant of the situation.

 

9. How do I register for webinars?

You can register for any webinar through our website, which is located on the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Continuing Professional Education website homepage at www.ssw.umaryland.edu/cpe

 

10. What if I get kicked out of a webinar and cannot get back in?

While this should not happen, you can enter back into the webinar through your account profile by clicking “Launch Webinar”. You are given a few minutes to sign back in. Failure to return in time, will result in not receiving CE credits.

 

11. What do I do if I have a complaint/grievance?

The Office of Continuing Professional Education works hard to offer appealing and innovative workshops. We also take all complaints seriously. If you have a complaint, please contact our office IMMEDIATELY.

Refunds or Credit Letters will not be issued for fully attended workshops. Please see our Grievance Policy HERE.

 

12. Do we offer ADA Accommodations?

We do! If you are requesting ADA accommodations, please contact us via email at least two weeks prior to the course date. Requests after that date may not be fulfilled.

 

Instructors reserve the right to dismiss participants who are not adhering to the Code of Conduct.

For questions, concerns, or to request special accommodations, please call: 410-706-1839.

For financial questions or concerns, please call: 410-706-5040.

 

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