Friday, December 8, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University Hauppauge Center
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Social Media and Social Work Ethics

With Lisa Kays, M.S.W., LICSW

6 CEs

This six-hour CEU workshop explores the intersection of social media, the online world, technology and our ethical practice as social workers. The workshop will explore specific cases and questions about our work in the digital age in the context of the NASW Code of Ethics and the practical and clinical experience of other participants. In addition, participants will be invited to explore their own feelings, reactions, attitudes and beliefs as relates to the online world and their practice and to develop and discuss clinical approaches with clients that take into account a diverse, tolerant approach to the digital world we all now navigate.

This workshop is appropriate for social workers at the following levels:

Beginner: Beginning social workers will have an opportunity to explore how social media can and does impact their practice, and to start to develop their own values and identity—based on and informed by the NASW Code of Ethics and experiences of more advanced clinicians—related to how they may or may not interact with social media and/or integrate it into their work.

Intermediate: Intermediate level social workers who may have developed a more cohesive professional identity and values will be able to explore how social media may or may not fit into that identity and their values. They may explore and benefit more from the discussion of strategies for managing clinical scenarios related to social media based on those that have emerged in their prior experience. In addition, they will have an opportunity to reflect on and review practices they have been engaging on and to assess their appropriateness in light of the NASW Code of Ethics and input from other clinicians.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three principles within the NASW Code of Ethics relevant to the use of social media in social work practice.
  • Identify three personal or cultural assumptions, feelings or beliefs guiding their attitudes and practices related to the online world, social media or the use of technology in practice.
  • Apply principles within the NASW Code of Ethics to clinical scenarios related to the online world, technology or social media.
  • Identify three ways to protect the safety and confidentiality of clients in the digital world.

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About the Speaker

Lisa Kays holds an M.S.W. from Catholic University and has been practicing psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups since 2013. She holds an LICSW in Washington, D.C. and an LCSW-C in Maryland, and has acquired additional training from the Washington School of Psychotherapy’s ISTDP First Year Program and from Rehearsals for Growth! She has been writing and presenting on the topic of social media ethics for social workers since she was an M.S.W. student in 2011.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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