UMaine Hutchinson offers Code of Ethics Workshop

For social workers, other professionals, students
Nov 12, 2017

Belfast — A professional development program to address recent revisions in the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics will be offered Friday, Dec. 1,  at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave.

The program, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will benefit social workers, social work students, counselors and mental health professionals interested in learning about the newest revisions of the Social Work Code of Ethics, and how they might influence their use of social media and technology.

In addition, 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, 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, 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 Jan. 1, 2018.

The cost of the program is $65; student rate is $30 and includes materials and a catered lunch. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, to register or to request a scholarship application or an accommodation, visit or contact Diana McSorley,, 338-8093.

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