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A workshop on the foundations of ethical social work practice, particularly in the Nova Scotian context.

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This virtual learning opportunity will:

  • Identify the roots of the professional social work identity;
  • locate the ideologies that inform the values of our profession;
  • examine the tension between our profession's values and the dominant ideology;
  • examine the intersection of oppression and privilege as the foundation for relational ethics; and
  • support the development of a self-reflective process that uses an ethical decision-making tool to support ethical decision making.

Ethics 101 is available to all members of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) who have not attended this session before. Taking this workshop more than once cannot accrue additional hours for the regulatory requirement for professional development in social work ethics (see below).

We are using an application called Zoom to facilitate this workshop. You do not need an account to use Zoom, but we recommend downloading the free application to your computer or mobile device and testing it at least one day before the online event.

Regulatory requirements

All social workers registered with the NSCSW must complete five hours of professional development in social work ethics every five years. This is in addition to the annual professional development requirement (i.e. 40 hours for most members).

This requirement stems from a bylaw change at the 2014 AGM, and took effect in 2016. Any active member who was licensed at NSCSW in 2016 will have until December 2020 to complete their first five hours. Members who joined the College later will need to complete these hours within their first five years of registration (and again every five years thereafter).

Taking Ethics 101 is just one way to accrue hours to satisfy this regulation. The College's website offers more information for NSCSW members exploring other options for fulfilling this requirement.

Questions? Contact the College's professional practice consultant Annemieke Vink, at annemieke.vink@nscsw.org.

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