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Providing Legal and Ethical Services to Minors

Social workers and other professionals in child-serving settings strive to meet serious human needs in an often fragmented and frustrating social service environment. Every day, in schools, hospitals, child protective, residential and other settings, a delicate balancing act takes place between the constraints of policies and resources and the needs of clients. In addition to providing services that are clinically sound and responsive to their clients, workers must also be attuned to the ethical dimensions their cases present. How can they uphold principles such as confidentiality, informed consent and self-determination with a clientele whose rights and choices are constrained by age, maturity, and legal and parental prerogatives?

This OnDemand Webinar addresses the strategies helping professionals can use to bridge those tensions, to deliver effective, ethical services. You will learn about ethical decision making, explore the practice norms associated with various child-serving settings, and apply ethical, legal, and practice standards to work with minors.

Learning Objectives:
•You will be able to discuss the complexity of service to minors.
•You will be able to identify ethical dilemmas.
•You will be able to review intuition vs. model-based decisions.



Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D., LISW

Kim Strom-Gottfried, Ph.D., LISW

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work

  • Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work
  • Director, UNC Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management
  • Teaches in the areas of leadership and education
  • Scholarly interests involve ethics, moral courage, and leadership
  • Has written more than 60 articles, monographs and chapters on the ethics and practice
  • Author of Straight Talk about Professional Ethics and The Ethics of Practice with Minors: High Stakes and Hard Choices and the forthcoming book Cultivating Courage
  • Co-author of the texts Best of Boards, Direct Social Work Practice and Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics: A Curriculum Resource
  • Active in training, consultation and research on professional ethics for national and international audience
  • MSW, Adelphi University; PhD, Case Western Reserve University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 919-445-8362

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