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Social Work Ethics Institute (6 CEs)
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When: Friday, April 20, 2018
9am - 4pm
Where: Eastern Michigan University Student Center
900 Oakwood St
Ypsilanti, Michigan  48197
United States
Contact: Tricia McCarthy

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Social Work Ethics Institute


Friday, April 20, 2018

9-4 p.m. (Registration opens at 8am)

Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Ypsilanti, MI

6 CEs (At least 5 ethics CEs will be available)


In August 2017, the NASW Delegate Assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996. The Code of Ethics continues to be the most accepted standard for social work ethical practice worldwide. With emergent technological advances over the last two decades, the profession could not ignore the necessity for more clarity around the complex implications of new forms of communication and relationship building through technology.The Social Work Ethics Institute is a day-long gathering designed for Michigan social workers to learn about and share timely and relevant issues involving social work ethics, including social media, technology, religion and spirituality, animal-assisted therapy issues, human resources, and supervision.


The day will consist of two keynote presentations and several breakout sessions.


Keynote Presentations:

  • Dr. Robert Ortega, LMSW
  • NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee

Registration Costs:

  • $125 for NASW Members (Make sure to log in to receive discounted price)
  • $80 for Student. Retired, and Transitional NASW Members (Make sure to log in to receive discounted price)
  • $150 for Non-Members
  • $100 for Student Non-Members



Cultural Humility and the Ethic of Caring in a Socially Just World

Dr. Robert M. Ortega, LMSW, PhD


Social workers are committed to caring for all people, especially our most vulnerable, oppressed, and disenfranchised. Fundamental to social work is attention to social injustices that cause, replicate and maintain social problems and unjust privileges. Cultural humility draws attention to critical self reflection and attentiveness to others so that caring maintains a connection to service recipients from their perspective and in their world. This talk offers a perspective on the ethic of caring that lends voice to the unheard and untold stories of the culturally diverse people we serve, and that enhances the importance of our core professional values.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define cultural humility and distinguish it from cultural competence
  2. Define socially just caring in the context of cultural humility
  3. Describe four practice skills from a cultural humility perspective

Associate Professor Robert Ortega’s research interests are in the areas of relationship development, group work practice, treatment interventions and service utilization particularly in the areas of mental health and child welfare. Dr. Ortega has presented and written on these topics with a special focus on diversity and social justice in research and practice. He has published in the areas of mutual aid, multicultural issues in group work, child welfare permanency planning, family preservation and culturally responsive child welfare practice. He is the principal investigator of the first national study of Latinos and child welfare. He has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and is currently working on projects related to training child welfare managers and supervisors, and culturally responsive comprehensive child maltreatment assessment and treatment. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2017 University of Michigan School of Social Work Distinguished Faculty Award, the 2015 Outstanding Service and Advancement of Cultural Competency in Child Maltreatment Prevention and Intervention Award (awarded by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)), the 2013 Recent Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education awarded by the national Council on Social Work Education, and the 2011 National Association of Social Workers – MI Chapter Lisa Putnam Award for Excellence in Child Welfare. Dr. Ortega serves as consultant on several national research projects and organizations focusing on social work, child welfare and social justice issues.


NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC) Panel


Panelists will address hot topics in ethics such as dual relationships, self-care, duty to warn, and other issues. Panel will solicit questions from the audience and engage in dialogue.


Susan Radzilowski  is a clinical social worker serving children, youth, and college-age adults in the Detroit area ( Susan is also a Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Wayne State University School of Social Work. Susan is an approved School Social Worker and is an endorsed by Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Family Specialist. Susan is the NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee Chair.


Mary Eldredge is on faculty at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Mary is experienced at the micro and macro levels in healthcare, government, higher education, child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice. Mary is an experienced clinician, policy writer, program developer, and grant author. Mary is the NASW-Michigan Chapter Ethics Committee Secretary.


Fred Schade has over 35 years of experience in social work. While currently retired, he continues to serve on the Chapter Ethics Committee, following a 3-year seat on the Board of Directors as the Region 7 Representative. Fred’s experience has been clinical work in mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis across all age groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Linda Cherrey Reeser, PhD, LMSW, MSW is the co-author of the book, Ethical Decision-making in Social Work.  She has given many workshops on ethics, domestically and internationally. She is a professor and coordinator of the BSW Program at Western Michigan University.

Ethical Considerations in Divorce and Custody

This workshop will provide a brief overview of divorce including legal definitions of custody and parenting time. The bulk of the workshop will be a brief overview of ethical considerations using case examples and the new Code.


Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW, INHC has been in private practice for over 20 years. She has been a divorce and family mediator, parenting coordinator, and therapist.  She has experience as a social work ethics  consultant and teaching CEU workshops for Eastern Michigan University and NASW-Michigan, has authored two recent articles and is writing two books.


Five Ethical Tensions Every Supervisor Should Be Aware of

Supervision is fraught with potential ethical quandaries. In this workshop, the presenter will review 5 ethical tensions that social services supervisors may encounter in their work. Examination of case studies and real-life experiences elicited from the audience will inform viable practice solutions for both beginning and experienced practitioners.


Mark Giesler, PhD, LMSW is a Professor of Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University. He has served in the following capacities at NASW-MI: as a regional representative, as Vice-President of Standards and Services, and as one of the original trainers and curriculum writers for the Core Supervision Certification curriculum.

Schedule of Events

8– 8:45 AM

 Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:45 – 9:00 AM

 Welcome, Announcements, Introductions


9:00 – 10:30 AM

 Keynote – Dr. Robert Ortega,

Cultural Humility and the Ethics of Caring in a Socially Just World”


10:30 – 10:45 AM



10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

  • Ethical Considerations: Divorce and Custody. Ellen Craine, JD, LMSW, ACSW, INHC

12:15 – 1:15 PM



1:20 – 2:40 PM

  • Five Ethical Tensions Every Supervisor Should Be Aware of. Mark Giesler, PhD, LMSW

2:40 – 2:50 PM



2:50 – 4:15 PM

 Plenary: Chapter Ethics Committee Panel


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