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Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice

December 18 Breakfast 8:30am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $159, 6 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1726 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

In this highly interactive full-day training, we will explore, in creative and fun ways, both the NASW and The Board of Social Examiners Code of Ethics and process the many red flags that indicate a possible deviation in the standard of care. Issues including: confidentiality; general conduct; the client-therapist relationship; sexual misconduct; boundaries; conflicts of interest; and termination will be discussed.


Using case vignettes and video clips from popular films, participants will have the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of clinical scenarios that both subtly and overtly challenge professional ethics and trigger counter-transferential responses in the helping professional. This is an ethics workshop that will actually keep you interested and engaged!

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least five deviations in the standard of care regarding the general conduct of a clinician as outlined by The Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Provide three examples of conflicts of interest in the client-therapist relationship as outlined by the NASW Code of Ethics.
  • Describe at least five red flags that indicate a possible deviation in the standard of care in the client-therapist relationship.
  • Identify at least three deviations in sexual conduct as described by The Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Describe at least three ethical responsibilities regarding proper termination as outlined by the NASW Code of Ethics.


8:45 to 9:30

  • Exploring COMAR and NASW core values
  • Processing Legal obligations:
  • The duty of care
  • The duty to respect privacy
  • The duty to uphold confidentiality
  • The duty to inform

9:30 to 10:30

  • Processing the duty to report
  • Statute of limitations
  • Reporting past abuse
  • The duty to warn

10:30 to 10:40  BREAK

10:40 to 12:00

  • The red flags of waning ethics
  • Deviating from the standard of care
  • Treatment with and without parental consent
  • Issues of termination

12:00 to 1:00  LUNCH

1:00 to 2:30

  • Exploring clinical scenarios:
    • Issues of substance abuse
    • Addressing professional incompetence
    • Reporting past abuse

2:30 to 2:40pm  BREAK

2:40 to 4:00

  • Navigating the ethical challenges of gift giving
  • Addressing bartering
  • Managing issues of infidelity
  • Attending client life cycle events
  • Boundaries in the client-therapist relationship
“Excellent training!! I really enjoyed it. Best ethics training I’ve been to!” Tanya C.
“Lisa’s knowledge of the most current laws and regulations allows me to continue to provide the best care for my clients and the clinicians under my supervision. Another awesome training!” Debbie D.