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Do I Intervene Here? Guidance on ethical dilemmas that arise with colleagues, presented by Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D. || printable Handouts || SLIDES || References

Monday, April 13, 2015 (2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with Career Day) at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC

CEUs2 hours  –  Intended To Meet The Ethics Requirement for NC Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers.

Description:  Clinical practice is rife with opportunities for ethical misconduct. Questions of the ethical conduct of others are particularly challenging because we not only have to decide on which side of the ethical divide their behavior falls, but also how to broach the topic with a colleague, supervisee, or even a supervisor. For example:

  • Is it our responsibility to follow up with a fellow practitioner if we observe what appears to be a lapse in judgment?
  • How do we distinguish between a difference in personal style and more questionable practice?
  • And, when we do feel that a breach has occurred, how are we to respond – especially given worries we may have about our own relationship with that practitioner?

In this workshop, Kim Strom-Gottfried will help navigate participants through a variety of ethical dilemmas that may come to light within the supervisory or other collegial relationship, as well as strategies for weighing and resolving them. This workshop will draw on relevant tenets of the APA, ACA, and NASW codes of ethics and their application to effective supervision and professional practice.

Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D, is the Smith P. Theimann Distinguished Professor for Ethics and Professional Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She has written, researched and taught extensively on the topic of ethics within social work practice. She is actively involved in continuing professional education—she has developed numerous workshops and frequently gives training seminars, including on the issues of professional ethics. She has served on NASW’s national committee on inquiry, the group that deals with violations of the NASW Code of Ethics. Her practice experience includes direct service, administrative and planning positions in the field of mental health, through nonprofit and public agencies.

Resources: articles on topics related to when colleague accuses colleague by Kim Strom-Gottfried, as well on ethics involved in mentorship, and when colleauges go astray.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to

1. Identify at least 1 principle in their professional code of ethics that pertains to questionable practices involving professional colleagues.

2. Apply at least 1 strategy to follow up with a fellow practitioner who engages in what appears to be a lapse in ethical judgment.

3. Apply at least 1 strategy to identify when it is appropriate to contact professional board regarding the ethical conduct of a colleague.

Transportation/Directions: The most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.25/ hour. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with free bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions

Please contact Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., LCSW at or (919) 843-5818 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs 2 hours

National Board for Certified Counselors Credit (NBCC) 2 hours

The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  Two Contact Hours per event No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

The program is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is offered for 2 hours of continuing education credit.

Attendance Policy – To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists). No credit will be given to participants who are more than 15 minutes late at the beginning of any session. No credit will be given to participants who leave before the close of a session.