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S23-504 It’s a Jungle Out There: Identifying the Ethical Challenges in Private Practice

Total Credits: 6 including 6 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online
Lynn Grodzki, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
7 Hours 30 Minutes



Social workers often face complex ethical problems that are specific to owning and operating a private practice. For example, how do you reconcile the ideal of social work selflessness with the very real self-interest of running a business? Which five billing mistakes commonly result in malpractice violations? When can offering a sliding scale be considered unethical? With the right information, learning to service and thrive in a private practice aligns with applying the highest standards of ethical principles. In this workshop, participants will explore the best solution for these common concerns.



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Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC

          Lynn Grodzki, LCSW, MCC is one of the leading business coaches in the US for small business owners. She specializes in working with change-agents: therapists, coaches, healers, and other helping professionals.

          Through her workshops and writing, she has become a pioneer in the field of practice-building, helping non-business-oriented professionals develop their private practices. With Lynn’s guidance, tens of thousands of professionals now operate small businesses that offer them a high degree of integrity as well as enhanced financial success.

          After receiving an undergraduate degree in Design, Lynn worked as an executive in the family business.  She left to get a Masters in Social Work in 1988 from the University of Maryland and became a psychotherapist in private practice

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:

  • Review COMAR ethical regulations that are mandated by the MD BSWE 

  • Address the differences between a “boundary crossing” and a “boundary violation” to understand the grey areas of private practice boundaries and adhere to ethical regulations 

  • Understand how to rely on best business and financial practices to stay within ethical guidelines 

Bibliography & References


  • Ackely, Dana: Breaking Free of Managed Care. (Guilford Press, 1999)
  • COMAR Code of MD regulations, Chapter 03 Code of Ethics (2021)
  • Griswold, Barbara: Navigating the Insurance Maze (Paper Street Press, 2014)
  • Grodzki, Lynn: Building Your Ideal Private Practice (W.W. Norton, Revised Edition 2015)
  • Grodzki, Lynn: Crisis-Proof Your Practice (W.W. Norton, 2009)
  • NASW Code of Ethics (2021)
  • NASW, ASWB, CSWE, CSWA: Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice (NASW 2017)
  • Reamer, Frederic: “Complex Ethical Challenges in Social Work” video workshop sponsored by GWSCSW (2022)
  • Reamer, Frederic: Social Work Malpractice and Liability (Columbia University Press, 2003)
  • Zur, Ofer: Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Exploration (APA, 2007)


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 {6} 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 $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after 5/25/23 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

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:

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