Navigating Social Work Ethics: Practice and Technology in the Age of a Pandemic and Beyond

Location: ONLINE - Self-Paced

COURSE: $50.00

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, social workers were challenged to adapt quickly and utilize various forms of technology in their efforts to maintain safety and ensure social work services were not disrupted. Using an ethical lens, this course explores how the pandemic affected social work practice and considers how social workers can become involved in future developments of technology, ensuring ethical practice is maintained. This course reviews the NASW Code of Ethics, specifically the standards that relate to a social worker's use of technology and examines best practice when using technology through a series of case scenarios. Multiple decision-making frameworks are presented. In addition, teletherapy is discussed and various podcasts and training clips are used.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will understand the NASW Code of Ethics standards related to social work practice and technology.
2. Participants will consider how the use of technology and social media may impact social work practice.
3. Participants will recognize how a health pandemic impacts social work ethics and practice.
4. Participants will gain knowledge to navigate remote social work practice and decrease risk of non-ethical behavior.
5. Participants will identify decision-making frameworks to apply when faced with ethical dilemmas.

**Learners are most successful when using a computer when completing this course. The course software does not work as intended on a phone or tablet.

**Once you have viewed all of the course content, you must pass a post-test with a score of 80% or higher to receive a social work continuing education certificate. Upon successful completion of the course and post-test, your social work continuing education certificate will be made available to download/print within Blackboard (our online course system).

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 616-331-7180 or email


Please note that you will receive access to the course about 2 hours after completing your registration. Your login instructions and credentials will be emailed to you shortly after registering for the course. This is done manually by one of our team members, but if you need quicker access, please visit:

Upon registering for the course, the learner has 365 days to complete all course materials and access their certificate. If the course is incomplete after 365 days, the learner’s access to the course will be removed. Our courses provide current material, and we strive to update our course offerings regularly. Due to this, the learner is encouraged to complete their course within one calendar year.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration within 30 days of purchase and must not have already accessed the course content. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program.
Fee: $50.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 50.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 33.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00

ONLINE - Self-Paced

Program content is online, not-live and is self-paced

Katie Scheuerle

Katie Scheuerle received her B.A. in Social Work from Hope College and her MSW degree from GVSU. Katie has worked for the GVSU School of Social Work since 2007 in various capacities. For the past 7 years, she has held the role of BSW Field Education Coordinator and more recently, she also serves as the Social Work Continuing Education Coordinator for GVSU. Katie enjoys mentoring and educating future social workers as well as staying current on important issues in the social work field.

Prior to coming to GVSU, Katie worked at the Children's Advocacy Center in Holland as a forensic interviewer for 7 years and supervised student interns.

Katie is active on the Kent County Pathways to Permanence Committee and the Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative for the State of Michigan.