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F23-503 Ethical Issues When Providing Services to Minors

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online
Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



This workshop is focused on the development of strategies to address the common, yet complex ethical issues when providing social work services to minors. Content will cover the following topics: Establishing and maintaining ethical boundaries when working with minors; the legal protections and rights of minors, including the changes that went into effect October 2021; assessing and balancing rights and protections when working with minors; and risk management strategies. Current legal references will be provided concerning relevant statutes and the ethical codes of practice for social workers.

*This workshop meets the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners' ethics requirements. 


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University of Maryland School of Social Work

Gisele Ferretto, MSW, LCSW-C has over 35 years of social work experience in both clinical and macro practice areas. Her areas of expertise include: policy, professional ethics, supervision and leadership, confidentiality, social work and field practicum education, child welfare practice, and curriculum development.  Ms. Ferretto provides consultation and training for private and public agencies in her areas of expertise. She has served on a variety of committees and boards at the local, state, and national level developing policy and program initiatives. 

Currently, Ms. Ferretto is on the Faculty at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW). During her tenure at the SSW she has held positions in the Office of Field Education, Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program, Child Welfare Academy, Family Connections Baltimore and Social Work Community Outreach Service (SWCOS).  Prior to her positions at the SSW, she served as an administrator at the Maryland Department of Human Services in the following programs: Child Protective Services, Office of Equal Opportunity, and the Office of Staff Development and Training. Ms. Ferretto began her social work career as a Child Protective Services Worker at Baltimore City Department of Social Services. 

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 – 9:00 am Log On/Registration 


9:00 am                      

  • Overview of the Ethical Principals When Working with Minors and the Multiple Perspective Model (T. Casey PhD) 

  • Exploration of the Revised NASW Code of Ethics and BSWE COMAR 10.42.03 Code of Ethics 

  • Identification of the Legal and Ethical Issues When Working with Minors 

  • Scope of Practice & Competence 

  • Client Self- Determination and Informed Consent 


10:30 to 10:45 am     BREAK 


10:45 am  

  • Review of The Statutes that Govern Right of Minors 

  • When Therapeutic Activities with Children include Physical Activities 

  • Vulnerability of Minors: Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment, Protection Concerning Imminent Harm of Self or Others 

  • Minors and Social Media and the Use of a Social Media Policy (SMP)  

  • General Principles of Confidentiality and the Types of Permitted Disclosures  

  • Risk Management Strategies 

  • Case scenario  


12:15 pm Evaluations    



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

  • Examine the professional boundaries concerning services to minors.   

  • Explore the ethical issues related to self-determination, rights of minors, risk of harm, and duty to care.    

  • Review the Maryland statutes and regulations that govern rights of minors and ethical professional behavior, including Health Occupations §19 Social Workers and 10.42.03.  

Bibliography & References


Ford Sori, C. and Hecker, Lorna. (2015) Ethical and Legal Considerations When Counselling Children and Families. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy 2015, 36, 450–464.  


Reamer, Frederic G. (2021) Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work. San Diego, Cognella Academic Publishing.  


Reamer, Frederic G. (2015) Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action.  New York: Columbia University Press.  


NASW, ASWB, CSWE and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice (2017)  


Confidentiality and Information Utilization NASW ISSUE STATEMENT 2021-2023. Social Work Speaks, 12th edition.   


Working with Children and Adolescents. APA Practice Organization (Winter 2011)  


Maryland Statutes reviewed: from  

  • Family Law Article §5-704.1 (substantial risk of sexual abuse)  

  • Health General §4-307 (personal notes)  

  • Health General, §4-303 (Informed consent)  

  • Health General, §4-301, et seq. (Medical/ Mental Health records confidentiality)  

  • Courts and Judicial Proceedings, §5-609 (Duty to Warn)  

  • Family Law §5-704 (reporting child maltreatment)  

  • Health General §20-102 (rights of minors)  

  • Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 9-121 (privileged communication)   


Maryland Regulations reviewed from  

  • COMAR (conflict of interest)  

  • COMAR and (dual relationship)  

  • COMAR 10.42.10 (Teletheraphy)  

  • COMAR (Scope of Practice)  

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

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after September 20th 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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