Date & Time: February 10 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Virtual

There are numerous ethical issues specific to social workers’ roles across settings. In this course we will focus on ethical principles to a variety of topics.


  • $80- Regular
  • $60 – Alumni, FI, Adjunct
  • $45- VET, Student free with promo-code


We will focus on ethical principles to a variety of topics including:

  1. confidentiality and privilege;
  2. informed consent;
  3. truthfulness;
  4. paternalism and self-determination;
  5. laws, policies, and regulations;
  6. whistle-blowing;
  7. distribution of limited resources;
  8. professionalism;
  9. dual relationship;
  10. and use of social media and technology

We will outline ethical decision-making steps and then apply ethical guidelines to a variety of ethical dilemmas across social work settings.

Learning Objectives

This course is designed to help participants:

  1. Explain two ways ethics differ from laws
  2. Name at least two contradictory loyalties that can occur when providing social work services
  3. Outline ten steps in ethical decision making in social work pratice
  4. Explaining the four standards that must be met for informed consent to be considered valid

Faculty Bio

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who has worked in HMOs, public agencies, and private practice as both a mental-health provider and a supervisor for outpatient mental health services in schools, hospice and clinics for more than thirty years. She teaches courses in a variety of mental health topics including law and ethics for direct service providers and supervisors, diagnoses, supervision, trauma informed care, energy psychology, suicide and more. Ms. Michaelsen has a private practice in Oakland, CA and is the immediate past Chair of the Association of Energy Psychology’s Humanitarian Committee.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal upon approval
  • APA Psychology
  • LCAT
  • NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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