Tree PeopleSocial Work Code of Ethics

December 1, 2017, 9 am–3:30 pm

UMaine Certificate and .7 CEUs/ 7 Contact Hours

Program Cost: $ 65 | Students: $30

This program will benefit social workers, social work students, counselors and mental health professionals interested in learning about the newest revisions of Social Work Code of Ethics, and how they influence their use of social media and technology. 

Also, by examining the intersection of ethical, social work practice and technology, participants will acquire tools to create policies regarding social media and technology. Participants will also learn how to adjust privacy settings on some social media accounts. 

Co-facilitators are LCSWs Deirdre Finney Boylan and Leah Maxwell. Boylan has been a psychotherapist and supervisor in community mental health services for 25 years. Currently, she is a faculty member of the UMaine School of Social Work and a school-based clinician with Kennebec Behavioral Health.

Maxwell has worked in the area of child and family services, developmental disability and mental health for many years. Currently, she is a faculty member of the UMaine School of Social Work and a residential clinician at Hope Rising, Saint Andre’s Home, in Biddeford.

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the profession could not ignore the necessity for more clarity regarding the complex ethical issues that arise with the use of various forms of technology. On Aug. 4, 2017, the NASW’s delegate assembly approved the most substantive revision to the NASW Code of Ethics since 1996.

The NASW Code of Ethics offers a set of values, principles, and standards to guide decision- making and everyday professional conduct of social workers. It is the standard bearer for defining the values and principles that guide social workers’ conduct in all practice areas.

The new NASW Code of Ethics goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

For more information, to register or to request a scholarship application or an accommodation, contact Diana McSorley,, 338.8093.