This course provides social workers with an overview and examination of compelling ethical and risk-management challenges in the profession by exploring high-risk ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients, practitioners, supervisors, and agencies. The concepts of risk management and the nature of ethics complaints, litigation, and disciplinary action in social work are explored along with many of the key risks associated with social work practice. The course incorporates 10 case vignettes that discuss the practical steps that social workers can take to skillfully manage ethical issues. To print a certificate of completion, the online posttest must be passed with a score of 80% or better.
This course can be used toward the ongoing California LCSW license renewal continuing education requirement of six (6) hours of training in law and ethics every renewal every two years.
At the completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Define the concept of risk management
- Identify liability, malpractice, and disciplinary action risks in social work
- Identify potential risks to clients, social workers, supervisors, and agencies
- Design and implement an ethics audit
- Design strategies to protect clients, social workers, supervisors, and agencies