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S21-504 Understanding Our Ethical Responsibilities Reporting When Adults Disclose That They Were Maltreated as Children

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online |  DHS Approved
Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



This workshop will explore the issues related to making mandated reports of maltreatment and harm while maintaining the therapeutic relationship. This responsibility is further complicated when an adult discloses they were maltreated as a child. Content will address the complex legal, ethical, and therapeutic issues that arise when making required reports of suspected maltreatment. Current changes to both the child abuse and neglect law, which went into effect in 2017, will be covered.


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.

Bibliography & References


Maryland Statutes reviewed: from

  • Family Law Article §5-704.1 (substantial risk of sexual abuse)
  • Family Law §5-704 (reporting child maltreatment)

Maryland Regulations reviewed from

  • COMAR 10.42.03 Code of Ethics Social Work BSWE
  • COMAR 07.02.07 Child Abuse and Neglect

Maryland Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children &Families, Children’s Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway

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

Agenda & Learning Objectives


09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30


  • Identification and Discussion of Ethical Issues
  • Activity: Starting with Self
  • Legal Duties of Professional Helpers


  • Legal Definitions of Child Maltreatment
    • Child Physical Abuse
    • Child Sexual Abuse
10:30 - 10:40  Break
10:30 - 12:15 

Lecture (Continued)

  • Legal Definitions of Child Maltreatment
    • Child Mental Injury
    • Child Neglect
  • Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment
    • Reporting Requirements (Who, When, Immunity, Exceptions)
    • Reporting Process (To Whom, Contents, Timeframes)
    • What happens after a report is made?
  • Reporting Wehn the Individuals are No Longer Children (Opinion of the Attorney General No. 93-049)
12:15 Questions & Adjournment



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

  • Distinguish the basic elements and terms which define child maltreatment
  • Apply professional values, ethical concepts and current statute when making reports concerning suspected child maltreatment
  • Learn reporting requirements, including reporting when the individual is no longer a child
  • Explore the use of the Maryland Statute and Regulations which govern practice for social workers
  • Evaluate their practice when faced with ethical decision making concerning reports of child maltreatment

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after June 16, 2021 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 {3.0} 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.


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: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3.0} continuing education {ethics} credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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