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Ethics and Risk Management in the New Era of Social Work by James Townsend - MHA, MSSW, ACSW 3.0 of Ethics CEUs for Social Workers. $25 for members, $45 for non-members.

When: 06/15/2018
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Where: Graduate Center of Mt. Mercy Univ (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT at the Mt. Mercy Main Campus)
1650 Matterhorn Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52404
United States
Presenter: James Townsen - MHA, MSSW, ACSW
Contact: Kimberlee Gregory

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Ethics and Risk Management in the

New Era of Social Work


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Member: $25.00

Mt. Mercy Field Instructors: $25.00

Non-members: $45.00



3.0 CEUs

Registration:  8:00 to 8:30 am

Program:        8:30 to 11:45 am

CEU sign out: 11:45 am

Workshop Description


This session, developed especially for social workers, is sponsored by NASW Assurance Services, Inc. (ASI) of Frederick, MD, and describes the most significant malpractice risks in social work today and numerous methods of mitigating and reducing one’s risk of being sued for malpractice.


The presentation is intended for social workers in all settings and positions, not just the clinical, therapeutic mental health setting.   The session will cover key concepts in risk management, such as confidentiality and its exceptions, duty to warn, and informed consent. 


The seminar will reveal the major reasons why social workers are sued and what you can do about those risks.  We will define what constitutes a malpractice case and emphasize important recordkeeping issues, guidelines for supervision, special tips for clinical and private practitioners, and brief you about your malpractice insurance, its special features and implications for your practice.


A free attendee toolkit will be distributed at the workshop which contains information about ASI, the workshop presenters, resources for managing your malpractice risk, insurance 


Goals & Objectives

  • Understand key concepts that will reduce your risk of being sued for malpractice and the triggers that constitute malpractice.
  • Learn numerous methods and strategies for better protecting yourself from a malpractice suit and for quickly exonerating yourself if you are sued.
  • Understand the special aspects of professional liability insurance and the implications for continuous coverage of your practice, past and future.

Presenter: James Townsend—MHA, MSSW, ACSW

James is the President and CEO of The Townsend Groups, LLC  ( The Townsend Group is a consulting organization offering services to commercial and government agencies on a national basis. These services include, health care network development  and analysis, strategic planning and business development, for all product lines. This role includes provider contracting, for all product lines, interim management and strategic business development.


James has over twenty-five years of achievement in increasingly responsible executive positions. Ultimate accountability for multi-million dollar P&L’s. Highly developed interpersonal, communication, project management, analytical and technical skills. History of delivering quality individual and staff performances in high-pressure environments. Proven record of assessing organizational needs and implementing proactive, positive solutions.


Reputation for integrity, consistency, reliability, follow-through and dedication to quality outcomes.   Perpetual awareness of “big picture” issues, which influences reasoned and focused decisions.


This Ethics Training Brought to you by:


NASW Iowa Chapter


M t. Mercy University Social Work Program


NASW Assurance Services Inc.



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