• Introductions and Housekeeping
  • Is This Really Duty to Warn?
  • Ethics in Whistleblowing
  • Informed Consent
  • Court Access to Records


Many of the ethical issues faced by social workers involve legal issues. Both law and ethics, as noted in the NASW Code of Ethics, provide boundaries through which to consider the many potential conflicts that may occur in the course of your work. There are, however, situations that arise that are more difficult to resolve. This training will briefly look at four of those situations (duty to warn, whistleblowing, informed consent and court access to records). Participants will have many opportunities to discuss situations and attempt to resolve the ethical dilemma in each example.

Educational Objectives

  • At the end of the training the participant will be able to:
  • Understand confidentiality and how it relates to the services we provide and legal issues
  • Discuss the concept of duty to warn in various situations
  • Discuss whistleblowing and how it affects our work and relationships with others
  • Understand informed consent and be able to give examples of proper releases and when it is not required
  • Understand the difference between a subpoena and court order and their responsibility in each situation

Presenter: Allene Lyons graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 1974.  Her career has been spent in the mental health sector, working in a variety of settings with children and their families. For the past 20 years Allene’s career path has gone from Clinical Supervisor to Director to Regional Director of Behavioral Health for a number of agencies overseeing multiple programs. In addition, Allene has provided clinical trainings to a variety of agencies. Allene’s interest is in providing clinical supervision to graduate students and clinicians working towards their LCSW.


Date: Friday, January 23, 2015

Time: 8:30am registration, workshop: 9am to 12pm

Location: Belmont Center, 4200 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Credits: 3 CEU’s for PA Social Workers; MFT’s and PC’s


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