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Rethinking and Reassessing our Ethical and Moral Obligations

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Rethinking and Reassessing our Ethical and Moral Obligations: Pre-and Post-Pandemic

Wanda Anderson, LCSW and Lacey Sawyer, LCSW

4 CEs in ETHICS approved by NASW Maine

For the past 2 years, as social service workers, we have faced unprecedented challenges and changes both personally and professionally to include increased stress, illnesses, losses, vacant positions, increased feelings of responsibility, numerous financial cuts, and program closures in our communities. We are now entering a new phase (post-pandemic) where we are trying to engage and interact in a changed world, as changed selves. A world where many are trying to pretend all is normal once again. As we begin to work and engage in the new environment, together we will begin to ask and explore: how do we decide what is moral, what is ethical, and how do we find new grounding? How have my own priorities, boundaries and identity changed as a helping professional and what is my relationship with self-care?

Learning Objectives:

1) Discuss ethical and moral dilemmas highlighted by the pandemic and beyond

2) Discuss and explore what has changed, what are the gaps and what do we need to ask ourselves and our profession to re-engage

3) Explore how has tele-health, computers, and working from home changed how we interact daily.

4) Define how to integrate the positives and deal with the negatives as an outcome of COVID-19.

This 4-hour training will offer a safe setting to talk and discuss the above issues, but this training may also leave you with as many questions as answers as we all try to navigate the new challenges and changes.

About the Presenters

Wanda Anderson is a native of Northern Maine and is a disabled Veteran Maine She has resided in Georgia, South Carolina, Nevada, Hawaii, Augusta and Portland prior to moving back to Northern Maine. She is an undergraduate of University of Maine at Orono and graduated from the University of Hawaii with her MSW in 1990. She has since worked as an administrator, advocate, clinician and educator. She has been a faculty member at the University of New England, MSW Program since 2003 and is the Assistant Director of the MSWO Program and the Coordinator of Online Field.

Lacey Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Maine and Oregon, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III (Oregon), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Maine) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (Maine). Having a drive and passion for macro social work and systemic change, Lacey has developed new programs in underserved areas to meet unmet needs, participated in a variety of grassroots boards and continues to engage with and volunteer through Maine Equal Justice. Before coming to UNE full time, Lacey operated as a Clinical Director, supervisor, and manager, as well, where she worked hard to develop, implement, and sustain ethical, trauma informed care approaches at all levels of intervention. Throughout her career, Lacey has assisted in MSW programs as an adjunct faculty member in both Maine and New York. She joined UNE as a full-time field faculty in January of 2022. Lacey self identifies as a social justice warrior.

Workshop details:

  • You will be sent a zoom link and any additional materials prior to the workshop
  • After the workshop you will be emailed an evaluation link
  • You will be sent your certificate upon completion of the evalutation form
  • Questions? Email Barbara at bsteward.naswme@socialworkers.org


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