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Assisting Impaired Social Workers: Challenges in Ethics, Risk Management, and Assessing Impairment

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2024
10:00 am – 12:00 pm (eastern time)
Live Webinar on Zoom
(You will need to register to receive login information)

Registration: 2 CEU Credit Hours
General:  Through June 10, $50; June 11- June 20, $60
Wurzweiler Alumni and Current WSSW Field Instructors: Through June 10, $40; June 11-June 20, $50
All Current Students: $15

Registration closes on 6/20/24 at 5:00 Eastern Time (EST)

Social workers and other mental health professionals may become occupationally impaired for a variety of reasons. When mental illness and/or substance use disorders are an issue, social workers may be subject to the same policies as other safety sensitive professions, such as doctors, nurses, and airline pilots. 

This session will explore the incidence, manifestations, and causes of impairment among social workers. We will describe the clinical process and protocols for conducting and writing assessments for the impaired professional.  

In addition, we will examine constructive responses, pertinent social work ethics standards, and risk management challenges. As this area of practice is fraught with ethical dilemmas, concepts will be illustrated by real-world examples.

Learning objectives: 

  1. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
  2. Apply social work ethics standards to management of social worker impairment.
  3. Resolve common ethical dilemmas associated with impaired professional assessment and treatment.
  4. Implement ethics-informed protocols to protect clients and practitioners.
  5. Develop initial skills for conducting and writing clinical assessments for impaired professionals.

Frederic Reamer, PhD  has been on the faculty of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College since 1983. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy.  

Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.  He chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers and served on the code revision task force. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored by NASW and other leading social work associations that developed standards governing social workers’ use of technology in professional practice.  

He has lectured widely on social work and professional ethics.  His books include the 2020 Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services.  Dr. Reamer has served as an expert witness in many court and licensing board cases.  In 2016, Dr. Reamer was named a Social Work Pioneer by NASW for his “commitment and dedication to the social work profession.”

Timothy Conley, Ph.D., LCSW, CAS has been on the Wurzweiler School of Social Work faculty since 2017. He chairs its three-course addiction sequence leading to the CASAC credential for MSW students and is active with the Ph.D. and DSW programs.  Dr. Conley received his MSW from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. from Boston College. He has been a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over three decades; he also received his certification as an addiction specialist by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders.  

Dr. Conley previously taught graduate level courses in both clinical practice and research at the University of Montana. He attained the rank of Tenured Associate Professor before leaving to start his own company, Clinical and Consulting, PLLC, where he administered and evaluated social work grants for the State of Montana.

Paul Sells, LCSW, LAC has had a private practice for over 20 years, through which he had specialized in evaluations of adults and juveniles, including risk assessments for violence or dangerousness, as well as mental health and chemical dependency evaluations.  He received his MSW at the University of Michigan and is additionally licensed as an Addiction Counselor in the State of Montana.  

Mr. Sells has worked as a clinical case manager, licensed clinical social worker, and crisis response specialist.  He has also conducted emergency evaluations to determine if an individual required emergency detention or involuntary commitment under state mental health law.


Rabbis, chaplains, and social workers are often called on to provide spiritual care near life’s end. Whether in response to serious illness, advanced cognitive or physical decline in old age, or unexpected, tragic violence, health care professionals and clergy need to respond compassionately and effectively with families facing spiritual, emotional, and existential crises. Clips from Wurzweiler School of Social Work’s “Spirituality Near the End of Life” Conference in July 2019 include leading clergy, chaplains, and social workers offering their knowledge, skills, and wisdom to assist professionals seeking to better integrate spiritual care into their professional and community work.

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Why Wurzweiler for Continuing Ed?

Our top-ranked Wurzweiler School of Social Work based in Manhattan — the heart of New York City — is currently offering continuing education opportunities that will appeal to professional social workers in diverse fields of practice. You can go anywhere, but why not try one, two, or three of our programs available to you at convenient times and locations? We know you will gain knowledge while satisfying your CE requirements. The name Wurzweiler is synonymous with Excellence. We look forward to seeing you here.

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Wurzweiler is an approved provider of Continuing Education credits for licensed social workers by New York State. 

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As per New York State Continuing Education Guidelines, attendees must log into the program on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours.  Any attendees who arrive late or leave early to a workshop WILL NOT receive their certificate, and are also not eligible for a refund in any way.  Please plan accordingly.

Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.

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