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F22-502 Exploring Bioethical Issues and Principles

Total Credits: 4 including 4 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics |  800 Online
Veronica Cruz, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
4 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
4 Category I Ethics



This workshop will explore the ethics of bioethical issues and principles, including the landmark cases in bioethics, the definition of bioethics, and current legislative proposals. An emphasis will be placed on understanding and applying the responsibility a social worker has to self and to the agency while respecting the very personal bioethical decisions clients make. Discussion will focus on numerous issues, including: Covid-19, medical tourism, cloning, organ transplant, “aid-in-dying” legislation, ethical issues in healthcare settings, code of ethics, ethical framework models, and best practice techniques. This workshop will focus on analyzing various ethical codes: Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. This is an interactive workshop where case vignettes will be presented, and participants will work in a group setting to further maximize their understanding of the concepts presented.


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Cruz and Associates

Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups. 

Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations. 

Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:

  • In 2016, Ms. Cruz joined the University of Maryland (Shady Grove) School of Social Work teaching Advanced Trauma.
  • In 2015, Ms. Cruz joined the Catholic University of America School of Social Work teaching Advanced Ethics.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


8:50 - 9:00 Registration/ Log On
9:00 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:15    Break
11:30 - 1:15

Lecture (Continued)

1:15 Questions & Adjournment


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to 

  • Increase their knowledge of various bio-ethical issues and principles, among them life and death issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of bioethical issues and principles, including but not limited to landmark cases and the history behind bioethics.
  • Effectively understand and apply an ethical decision-making model to help process and resolve bioethical issues.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the key elements of bioethics and the responsibility the social worker has to client, profession, and self.    

Bibliography & References


Imboden, Rachel (2020) Exploring the Relationship Between Ethics Stress and Burnout, Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 17, No. 1

IFSW (2020) Ethical Decision-Making in the face of COVID-19, International Federation of Social Workers.

Roy, Sanjoy et al (2020) Issues and Challenges with COVID-19: Interventions Through Social Work Practice and Perspectives, Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 17, No. 2

Edwards, B & Addae, R. (2015) Ethical Decision-Making Models in Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Practice: Implications for Social Work Practice and Education,  Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Valutis, S. & Rubin, D. (2016) Value Conflicts in Social Work: Categories and Correlates, Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 13, Number 1

Gallina, Nancy (2010) Conflict Between Professional Ethics and Practice Demands: Social Worker’s Perception. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 7, Number 2

Book: Ethical Decisions for Social Work Practice, Dolgoff et al.

Book: Theories for Direct Social Work Practice, Joseph Walsh


Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $85 and includes CE credit. Registering after 9/30/2022 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


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Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {4} Category I Continuing Education Units for {ethics}. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


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