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Ethics of Social Justice: What do our Codes Demand presented by Kim Strom-Gottfried, PhD, Frederic (“Rick”) Reamer, and moderated by Travis Albritton, PhD.

Monday, October 24, 2016, 12:30-2 pm, at the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the UNC School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, NC   

When: October 24, 2016, 12:30 – 2 pm

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education: 1.5 hours available (see below)  To receive 1.5 hours, you must pre-register

Fees: Participation is free for all. However there will be a $10 fee for continuing education.

Registration: To receive Continuing Education  for on-site or live stream participation, please pre-register here. If no you do not need Continuing Education credit, no need to register.

Webinar:  Participants can also register to “live stream” this event.  Broadcast from UNC-Chapel Hill SSW Auditorium with live audience. Live streaming via Zoom technology, for up to 90 pre-registered sites please click link- you-are-invited-to-a-zoom-webinar, Remember to receive credits you must pre-register for the course.Videotaped for later broadcast.


Black Lives Matter. Refugee crises. Contaminated drinking water. “Building a wall.” Voting rights. North Carolina’s HB2. With these and other issues that call for social justice, 2016 has been a watershed year.

What does it mean to be ethical or unethical in upholding the values and standards of social justice? How can helping professionals carry out their obligations in the face of an array of challenging conditions? What options are available when personal beliefs or employers’ expectations clash with interests in social justice? 

Examine these questions and more during a special presentation led by Frederic “Rick” Reamer, Ph.D. (Rhode Island College), and Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Travis Albritton, Ph.D. (UNC-Chapel Hill) will serve as moderator.




Frederic “Rick” Reamer has served as a professor at Rhode Island College since 1983. An expert on criminal justice, juveniles in crisis and ethics, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland. He has served as chair of the NASW Code of Ethics Revision Committee and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Work Education.

Kim Strom-Gottfried serves as director of Ethics Education and Policy Management for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also the Smith P. Theimann Distinguished Professor for Ethics and Professional Practice at the UNC School of Social Work, where she has taught since 1999 and has served as interim dean. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Adelphi University and the University of Maine.


travis-albritton-275x300Travis Albritton, Ph.D. serves as the Director of the Triangle Distance Education MSW Program at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and faculty liaison for the MSW/M.Div program between the school of social work and Duke Divinity School. Dr. Albritton earned his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Greensboro,  MSW from UNC Chapel Hill, and M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School. His research draws from critical race theory, and explores the intersections of race and “success,” with a special focus on the experience of African American males in our school system.




Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Know their profession’s relevant principles and standards regarding social justice
  • Understand the five strategies for ethically advancing social justice
  • Recognize the role of civil disobedience in contemporary responses to social justice
  • Understand three options for addressing personal and professional conflicts of interest in regard to acts of social justice


Handouts: All handouts for the lecture will be posted on the top of this event’s page.


  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW). (2008). Code of ethics. Washington, DC: NASW Press
  • Center for Economic and Social Justice, (n.d.). Defining economic and social justice. Retrieved from http://
  • Hodge, D. R. (2007). Social justice and people of faith: A transnational perspective. Social Work, 52(2), 139-148.
  • Reamer, F. G., (2005). Ethical and legal standards in social work: Consistency and conflicts. Families in Society, 86, 163-169.
  • Reamer, F. G. (2006). Social work values and ethics (3rd ed.). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Reisch, M. (2002). Defining social justice in a socially unjust world. Families in Society, 83, 343-354


Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $10/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lecture. Please contact Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540  to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

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Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs, LPCs, and LMFTs 1.5 hours

CEU: 1.5 contact hours

1.5 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

1.5 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) 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.  

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-962-6540 no later than ten business days before the program.

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 partial credit will be given. 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.

Additional questions? Contact Deborah Barrett, PhD, LCSW at / 919-843-5818 or Carol Ann Hincy at / 919-962-6540.


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