Social Work Code of Ethics Workshop at UMaine Hutchinson Center

Courtesy of: Leah Maxwell

Belfast, Maine– A professional development program to address recent revisions in the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics will be offered this fall at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center at 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast.

The program, to be held 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, will benefit social workers, social work students, counselors and mental health professionals interested in learning about the newest revisions of the Social Work Code of Ethics, and how they may influence their use of social media and technology.

In addition, by examining the intersection of ethical social work practice and technology, participants will acquire tools to create policies regarding social media and technology. Participants will also learn how to adjust privacy settings on some social media accounts.

Co-facilitators are LCSWs Deirdre Finney Boylan, Leah Maxwell. Boylan has been a psychotherapist and supervisor in community mental health services for 25 years. Currently, she is a faculty member of the UMaine School of Social Work and a school-based clinician with Kennebec Behavioral Health.

Maxwell has worked in the area of child and family services, developmental disability and mental health for many years. Currently, she is a faculty member of the UMaine School of Social Work and a residential clinician at Hope Rising, Saint Andre’s Home, in Biddeford.

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) the profession could not ignore the necessity for more clarity regarding the complex ethical issues that arise with the use of various forms of technology. On Aug. 4, 2017, the NASW’s delegate assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996.

The NASW Code of Ethics offers a set of values, principles and standards to guide decision- making and everyday professional conduct of social workers. It is the standard bearer for defining the values and principles that guide social workers’ conduct in all practice areas.

The new NASW Code of Ethics goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

The cost of the program is $65; student rate is $30 and includes materials and a catered lunch. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, to register or to request a scholarship application or an accommodation, visit hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/professional-development or contact Diana McSorley, diana.mcsorley@maine.edu, 338.8093.

The Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, is committed to offering high-quality professional development programs to the greater midcoast Maine community.

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 30 doctoral degrees and 80 master's degrees; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.

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