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S23-500 Using Law to Guide Ethical Social Work Practice

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

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



Social Workers are required to follow various laws and regulations that affect their practice, yet often many are unaware of these legal responsibilities. The workshop will present an overview of the major legal citations and opportunities to enhance skills for locating and understanding laws and regulations relevant to social work practice. Laws identified include: Confidentiality of Mental Health Information, Informed Consent, Rights of Minors, Use of Personal Clinical Notes, Conflicts of Interest, Emergency Petitions, and Reporting Harm. Risk management strategies will also be covered.  



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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 time 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


8:45 - 9:00 

Registration/Log on 

09:00 - 10:30 


10:30 - 10:45 


10:45 - 12:00 

Lecture Continued 

12:00 - 1:00 


1:00 - 2:30 

Lecture Continued 

2:30 - 2:45 


2:45 - 4:30 

Lecture Continued 


Questions & Adjournment 



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


  • Identify the clinician roles and function to meet ethical and legal responsibilities  

  • Locate relevant statute and regulations relevant to Social Work Practice, including: Confidentiality, Informed Consent, Rights of Minors, Use of Personal Clinical Notes, Emergency Petitions, and Reporting Harm Requirements  

  • Identify risk management strategies  

  • Apply Maryland Statute and Regulations to meet the legal requirements for professional conduct with special attention to COMAR 10.42.03 

Bibliography & References



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

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)
  •  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  • Courts and Judicial Proceedings, §5-609 (Duty to Warn)
  • Family Law §5-704 (reporting child maltreatment)
  • Family Law §14-704 (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 D (physical contact)
  • COMAR 10.42.10 (Teletherapy)
  • COMAR (Scope of Practice)

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

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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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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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

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