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Ethical Decision Making in the 21st Century

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Ethical Decision Making in the 21st Century:

New Challenges, New Solutions for Mental Health Clinicians

Presented by Charles D. Safford, LCSW


9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Saturday, June 17, 2017

5 Ethics or Core Continuing Education Hours


NASW Georgia Chapter

2300 Henderson Mill Road NE, Suite 125, Atlanta, GA  30345


Presenting an ethics workshop to provide the mental health clinician with a powerful learning experience for addressing new and emerging ethical dilemmas from a changing clinical landscape. This session will address ethical challenges to privacy and confidentiality posed by clients and clinicians communicating and self-disclosing via social media, complications emerging from the culture's accelerating movement towards increased diversity, the important Federal and State laws and statutes that must be part of the active vocabulary of every mental health clinician, and how to engage in a structured, systematic ethical decision making process. Attendees will be presented several critical issues related to ethical practice in the 21st Century:


  1. Grasp the complications and ethical risks involved in the use of social media by both clinicians and their clients.

  2. Know the changed landscape of culturally "normal" as increased diversity reduces the influence of the dominant culture, and what this means for balancing ethical, moral and legal perspectives of practice. 

  3. Understand the key legal, ethical and clinical knowledge base that must be part of the active vocabulary of any clinician who wishes to operate ethically, including state and federal laws concerning privacy, mandated reporting, harm prevention, rights of minors, and best practices models of ethical decision making.

  4. Understand how to address all the interests and principles found in complex ethical dilemmas within a systematic, structured ethical decision making process.

  5. Apply course material to the real world practice of the trainee, through interactive scenario analysis and interactive role playing, highlighting and incorporating the key knowledge from each section.



Charles Safford, LCSW is the founder and President of, Inc., a knowledge company that works with professional organizations such as NASW-GA to provide continuing education curriculum to social workers, professional counselors and other mental health clinicians nationwide. He has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, with over 20 years of experience developing and delivering best practices training programs for business and mental health audiences.



NASW Member $100; NASW Retired Member $95; NASW Student Member $95; Nonmember $135

 Registration limited to 25 participants
(Pre-Registration Required - includes covered parking and light lunch)



Please note: Continuing education programs approved by NASW Georgia Chapter meet social work continuing education requirements of the Georgia Composite Board for social workers licensed in Georgia (see Chapter 135.9 Continuing Education,



Social workers and others licensed/certified in another professional discipline and/or state should check with their licensure/certification/regulatory entity to determine if the above program meets their continuing education needs.