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The Realities of Documentation in Today’s Practice: Ethical Considerations

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Date Published

December 4, 2018


UT School of Social Work


Client Records, Ethics


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2018 update

Documentation can be complicated for social workers today. As the world of technology grows, it can be difficult for us to know where and how to document provision of client services. Social workers are required by the 2017 NASW Code of Ethics to document well and owe it to themselves, their agencies and, most importantly, their clients, to critically examine this part of practice.

Please note: If licensed for other professions or other states, check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• Examine their documentation of client services in a critical manner
• Identify sections of the NASW Code of Ethics that guide professional documentation
• Identify updates in documentation guidance between the 1996 and 2017 NASW Code of Ethics, including guidance regarding use of technology
• Describe how scope of practice influences documentation
• Understand and avoid problems that can arise for clients when documentation is not accurate and objective
• Define barriers to good documentation in the current practice environment

REQUESTS FOR SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS If you require adaptive accommodations, please contact so arrangements can be made.

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Cossy Hough

Cossy Hough, LCSW, received a Bachelor of Social Work in 1992 and a Master of Science in Social Work in 1993, both from the... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

The Realities of Documentation in Today’s Practice: Ethical Considerations - Video
The Realities of Documentation in Today’s Practice: Ethical Considerations - Slide Handout
Sources Documentation - Paper
NASW Tech Standards - Paper
Self-Assessment - Paper
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How to Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

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