Living Ethics in Social Work Supervision

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A Social Work Practice Fellows virtual training program.

This interactive 2-session virtual program is designed to provide social work supervisors with advanced skills in supporting ethical practice with supervisees in a variety of contexts (social agencies, human service organizations, or private practice). By engaging in discussions with colleagues, participants will elevate their supervision skills by incorporating specific ethical theories and practices in the supervision process.

  • During the first three-hour session, participants will learn how to incorporate virtue ethics and narrative ethics in supervision, using a holistic approach to fostering ethical supervision and practice.
  • The second session will focus on helping supervisees to think critically about ethical issues by applying two additional ethical theories: consequentialism and principlism.
  • In both sessions, participants will have opportunities to discuss their own case situations, collaborating and engaging in critical thinking with their peers.

Ethical issues to be discussed may include maintaining appropriate boundaries, conflicts between agency policies and professional ethics, ethical issues in community practice, working with involuntary clients, interprofessional practice, safeguarding confidentiality when practicing with technology, and managing risk when working with students, volunteers, or new employees.

In terms of webinar etiquette, please keep your monitors on throughout the program (other than during breaks). To foster a safe and confidential environment for discussion, please participate from a quiet location, without the presence of others. If possible, make use of headsets or earbuds and connect through wired Ethernet (rather than WiFi). Being “wired in” helps to ensure a stable connection and smoother communication.

To ensure that the program responds to the needs and interests of participants, we will ask registrants to complete a survey prior to the first session. You may submit case situations for discussion through the survey.

Program Details


October 21 and 28, 2022


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.




$120 for general registration
$40 for alumni of the Social Work Practice Fellows Program

Presenter Bios

Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD

Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD is a professor with the FAU Sandler School of Social Work. His book credits include Ethics and Values in Social Work, Clinicians in Court, Essential Ethics for Social Work Practice, and Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions. Dr. Barsky was awarded the “FAU Scholar of the Year Award” in 2020. Dr. Barsky chaired the National Association of Social Workers National Ethics Committee, as well as the Code of Ethics Review Committee. He was also awarded NASW’s “Excellence in Ethics Award.” For further information, please see Barsky Publications.

Alexis Howard, LCSW-R

Alexis Howard, LCSW-R is the Project Director of a coaching program with Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in partnership with NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services. Alexis is also a University Partnership Liaison with the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCCWI), where her work focuses on supporting social work interns as they transition into the public child welfare workforce. Alexis has over three decades of experience as a social work practitioner, educator and clinical supervisor/administrator, and always holds social work ethics and values at the center of her work. She serves on the board of the International Association for Social Work with Groups Her recent publication focuses on her commitment to racial equity and social justice work. Giacomini, C., Howard, A., & Ilian, H. (2016). A racial equity staff development strategy for public service organizations. In A. Carten, A.B. Siskind & M. Pender Greene (Eds.), Strategies for deconstructing racism in the health and human services (pp.286-308).

Carol S. Cohen, DSW, LMSW

Carol S. Cohen, DSW, LMSW is a professor with Adelphi University School of Social Work, an instructor and team member of the Social Work Practice Fellows Program. Her interests include community-based practice, supervision and program development, as well as social work with groups locally and internationally. She serves on Boards of the Kendall Institute of International Social Work, the International Association for Social Work with Groups, and Catholic Charities Brooklyn/Queens Neighborhood Services. Her publications include 5 books, and over 35 articles and chapters.

Continuing Education Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of NYSED Continuing Education for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, creative arts therapists, APA for psychologists, and CASAC renewal.

Adelphi University School of Social Work: Continuing Education and Professional Development, #1786, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Adelphi University School of Social Work: Continuing Education and Professional Development maintain responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/03/2022 – 03/03/2023.

Adelphi University School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Social Work Building, 201
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