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The Hill to Climb: Ethical Issues for Behavioral Health Care Providers in Challenging Times

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Event: The Hill to Climb: Ethical Issues for Behavioral Health Care Providers in Challenging Times

Date: 4/21/21

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am

Where: Zoom Webinar

Cost: Free


About the Course

The current pandemic and related sequelae–had surfaced a spectrum of ethical challenges.  An escalation of violence, racism, and political tension in a divisive and uncivil society landscape have further strained the moral moorings of our society.  Behavioral healthcare providers are essential personnel in addressing the psychosocial fallout of these coexisting crisis.  This virtual workshop will explore strategies to enhance ethical competence during these trying times.  Attention will be directed to the role of technology, its benefits and ethical mandates, as well as a clarion call for social justice advocacy.

Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to articulate the need for ethically competent healthcare providers at this challenging time in history.
  2. Participants will be able to list strategies to enhance ethical competence among healthcare providers to meet current and uncertain future psychosocial client and community needs.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the benefits and ethical dilemmas of the use of technology.
  4. Participants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to advocating for social justice, equity and inclusion.

Target Audience

Target audience includes social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.


  • 2.0 PCB Approved Education Credits
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must arrive promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.  Please have license number available when signing in.  Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.

About the Presenter

Phyllis Black, PhD, ACSW is Professor Emerita at Marywood University having served as director of the Masters of Social Work Lehigh Valley program for 30+ years.  Dr. Black’s scholarship includes social work ethics and issues related to teaching and learning.  A longtime member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) PA Committee on Ethics, she currently serves on the NASW MA Committee on Ethics, having recently moved to Boston.  A member of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), she participated in writing the 2008 and 2015 accreditation standards for U.S. Social Work Programs.  Dr. Black received the Marywood University distinguished faculty award, a distinguished alumni award from Catholic University, a Lifetime Achievement Award from NASW PA, that has since been renamed “The Phyllis Black Lifetime Achievement Award” in honor of her contribution to social work practice and education in PA.  She was elected an NASW Social Work Pioneer in 2013 and in 2017, she received the CSWE Award for Service and Leadership in Social Work education.

For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or kkern@pennfoundation.org.