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F22-500 Beyond Laws and Rules: Duty and Consequence-Based Approaches to Social Work Ethics

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online
Allan Edward Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Engaging in ethical social work practice is not simply about following regulatory laws or professional codes of ethics. When faced with challenging ethical issues, it is also prudent practice to apply ethical theories such as deontology and teleology. Deontology is a “duty-based approach” in which we evaluate and apply our core ethical principles. Teleology is a “consequence-based approach” that guides us to consider various options and choose the option that maximizes good and minimizes harm. Participants will learn how to apply both approaches when managing ethical issues related to client privacy, safety, autonomy, social justice, honesty and integrity, cultural humility, conflict of interest, and avoiding harm.


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Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, is a professor at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches ethics, conflict resolution, addictions, and generalist social work. His book credits include “Interprofessional Practice with Diverse Populations,” “Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions,” “Successful Social Work Education,” and “Ethics & Values in Social Work.” Dr. Barsky is a Past Chair of the National Ethics Committee of the NASW, and received the 2015 “Excellence in Ethics Award” from NASW. He has taught internationally in Israel, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Korea, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Finland. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:15 Registration
1:15 - 2:45


  • Introduction: Objectives and Overview 

  • Deontology – A duty-based approach to SW Ethics 

  • Small Group Exercises: Applying Deontology 

2:45 - 3:00     Break
3:00 - 4:30


  • Teleology – A consequentialist approach to SW Ethics 

  • Small Group Exercises: Applying Teleology 

  • Debriefing, Questions, Key Takeaways 

4:30 Questions & Adjournment


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply a duty-based approach to analyzing and managing ethical issues in social work practice.
  2. Apply a consequence-based approach to analyzing and managing ethical issues in social work practice.
  3. Engage clients and coworkers in discussions of ethical issues using both duty-based and consequence-based approaches to ethical decision making.

Bibliography & References


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 for {ethics}. 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.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. *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

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