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Why Not the Best: Using the Social Work Code of Ethics to Become a Better Practitioner
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When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Where: NASW Headquarters
750 First Street NE
8th Floor Conference Center
Washington, DC  20002
Presenter: Anthony Sanchez, JD, LICSW
Contact: Michael Francum

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Why Not the Best:
Using the Social Work Code of Ethics to Become a Better Practitioner.
with Anthony Sanchez, JD, LICSW
3.0 CE Hours – Ethics credit

**This program is geared toward Maryland licensing law but is available for non-Maryland licensed social workers who are interested.  CE Credit will count toward DC and VA ethics requirements.


As Moses once learned, the writing and presenting of the Ten Commandments was the easy part.  The hard work came in explaining and understanding what and why they exist.  The same can be said as true of the social work profession’s code of ethics.  This brief workshop will provide the attending professional with the so-called black letter law of the state’s code.  But more importantly, we will look behind the code sections to better comprehend the purpose and philosophy of the rules governing our profession.  Group discussion is encouraged, but I also use a lecture format, which includes presenting actual published cases from state professional boards responsible for discipline.  There are clearly many topics to discuss, so we will begin promptly as scheduled.  The time frame includes a short break in the middle of the session.

Training participants will learn:
1.      The need and philosophy for professional codes for private and public social workers.
2.      The importance of establishing boundaries with clients and the rules on personal relationships with clients.
3.      To identify the types of ethical philosophies most commonly presented in the code of ethics.
4.      The unique qualities of the Maryland social worker code of ethics and state statutes.
5.      How published opinions from professional boards of ethics can illuminate the expectations upon the practitioner and whether these expectations are always fair.
6.      Other discussions about legal liability will be discussed as time allows.

Anthony Sanchez earned his professional degrees in social work (MSW) and the law (JD) from the University of Michigan.  He is an attorney in good standing with the state of Maryland since 1992.  He is also licensed to practice clinical social worker in The District (LICSW).  Mr. Sanchez is currently an adjunct faculty member at Germanna Community College in Virginia where he has taught classes since 2007 in Family Law, Introductory Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology.  He served a term as vice chair for the NASW Legal Defense Fund.  Prior to coming to the D.C. area, Mr. Sanchez was a licensed clinical social worker in California.  He brings to this workshop over two decades of professional experience including working in the field of child welfare.  He has been a presenter at various conferences in D.C., Virginia, and California on a variety of subjects including social worker ethics.


Date of Workshop: September 24, 2016
Time:  9:30am-12:30pm
Continuing Education:  3 hours of ETHICS credit for social workers.  
Offices of NASW Metro, 750 First Street, NE WDC (8th floor conference center)
Use Metro Redline, Union Station, First Street Exit or parking garage at Union Station.


Members:          $50
Non-Members:     $70

Continuing education certificates are included in the cost of registration


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