Social Work Practice in a Digital and Electronic World: Ethical and Risk Management Challenges


Webinar Presenters

Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D 

Frederic G. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. He has published 19 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the current Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Reamer has also received numerous awards, most notably the "Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education" award from the Council on Social Work Education (1995) and Presidential Award from the National Association of Social Workers (1997).


Presentation Synopsis: 
This webcast will explore novel and emerging ethical issues arising out of social workers' growing use of electronic interventions and communications, digital technology, and social media. The presentation will examine ethical issues related to social workers' use of social networking sites, e-therapy, chat rooms, moderated forums, Web-based psychoeducation, selfguided Web-based intervention, video conferencing, telephone therapy, avatar therapy, expert systems, email exchanges, text messages, and client blogs. The webcast will focus on key ethical issues related to privacy, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, boundaries, and documentation, among others. CASW is exceptionally thankful that Dr. Reamer has chosen to make available his depth of knowledge and expertise in these areas to the members of CASW partner organizations and individual affiliate members of CASW.

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