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Workplace Bullying and Violence: Tactical & Ethical Guidance for Social Work

April 24, 2020 in Roanoke


Incidents of workplace bullying and violence have intensified over the past decade, particularly in health and behavioral health settings. Their presence interferes with all that these settings strive to be; safe, client-centered, quality-driven, and approached through an interprofessional team effort. In addition, practitioners are being exposed to concerning levels of risk, plus trauma from each incident.


This presentation explores the varied dynamics of two concerning disrupters for workforce, workplace bullying and violence. Focus will be on the scope and incidence of both issues as they impact the social work field instruction community.  Tactical guidance will be provided on how to identify and manage bullying boss and leadership situations, violence on the job, plus workforce resilience strategies. Special attention will be placed on how bullying contradicts with professional ethical codes and standards of practice across the social work profession. Attendees will be introduced to emerging laws and industry initiatives, plus unique strategies to empower their ability to manage these oppressive, traumatic, and often fatal behaviors.


Behavioral learning objectives:

  1. Explore the demographics and manifestations of workplace bullying

  2. Identify how workplace violence impacts the health and behavioral health industry.

  3. Explore new dimension of trauma for health care sector victims.

  4. Review current legislative and professional initiatives for both disrupters

  5. Provide strategies to empower workforce resilience, and

  6. Discuss way to enhance safety across practice settings


Relevance to Social Work And Allied Health and Behavioral Health:

Bullying has fostered a dangerous culture of silence in the industry, one impacting patient safety, and quality of care delivery. This behavior also poses long term behavioral health implications for professional exposed to it, whether directly or vicariously. Add the escalating numbers specific to workplace violence and the trends speak to an atmosphere of safety and quality in the health care workplace, which puts both clients and professionals at risk.


Attendees will earn 6.0 Category I Contact Hours, including 6.0 Category I Contact Hours of Ethics.

6 CCM ethics CEs pending approval


Presented by Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP

Cutting-edge Ethical Issues in Social Work: Protecting Clients (& Ourselves)

May 1, 2020 in Richmond

Ethical issues in social work change with the times. Standard ethics topics include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients’ rights, termination of services, and impaired professionals.  In recent years, social workers have faced newer, unprecedented ethical issues involving their increased use of digital and other technology to deliver services, communicate with clients, and manage sensitive client information.  

In this engaging conference, Dr. Frederic Reamer will move beyond introductory ethics concepts and explore difficult cases with practical strategies designed to protect clients, social workers, and agency administrators. Dr. Reamer will share challenging ethics cases involving conflicting professional duties and discuss practical steps that professionals can take to manage ethical issues skillfully.  

Dr. Reamer will discuss relevant ethical standards involving supervision and consultation as well as those relating to Virginia and federal statutes, regulations, and case law.  He will also focus on complex documentation issues while addressing ways to prevent ethics-related licensing board complaints and lawsuits.   


Attendees will earn 6.0 Category I Contact Hours, including 6.0 Category I Contact Hours of Ethics.


Presented by Dr. Frederick G. Reamer

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