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S24-504 Special Ethical Considerations when Working with Kids & Teens: Complications to Boundaries & Confidentiality

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

Spring 2024 Ethics Workshops
500 Ethics
Kathryn Krase, Ph.D, J.D, M.S.W
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Working with child clients can be extremely rewarding, but also challenging in ways not experienced when working exclusively with adults. This training explores the ethical obligations of mental health professionals, specifically through the special considerations that need to be made when serving children and adolescents. Special attention will be paid to concerns related to boundaries and confidentiality. The impact of technology and social media on these complications will be highlighted.   


Kathryn Krase, Ph.D, J.D, M.S.W Related Seminars and Products

Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant, is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community-based organizations to develop policy & practice standards.   

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Introductions (5 minutes)  


Revisiting Ethics in Professional Practice (15 minutes) 
Professional education introduces future practitioners to relevant Codes of Ethics. This portion of the program will revisit what professionals should already know about ethics, so that we are all on the same page as we explore further. What do we mean by “ethical”? How is “ethical” related to “legal”?  


Protecting Yourself from Ethical & Legal Liability (15 minutes) 
This section will outline the framework that professionals can use to prevent ethical conundrums, and protect themselves from legal liability when things get complicated.  


Similarities and Differences between Child and Adult Clients (25 minutes) 
We will start with solidifying our understandings of the standards of ethical practice for adults, and contrast those with that of child clients. Attention will be paid to developmental stages and expectations.  


Exploring the Challenges of Client Confidentiality when Working with Child Clients (45 minutes)  

Child clients are not likely to have the same expectations for client confidentiality as adult clients. We will explore why there are differences, and how to confirm the differences as they relate to practice in individual states. We will apply a framework for informing clients of the appropriate expectations for confidentiality given their particular circumstances.  


15-minute BREAK 


Appropriate Professional Boundaries with Child Clients and their Caretakers (45 minutes) 
In this section we will explore conflicts of interests that are common with child clients and their caretakers, including multiple relationships and oversharing of personal information. Special attention will be paid to concerns related to electronic communications, social media and other forms of technology.  


Applying Ethical and Legal Principals through Case Examples (20 minutes) 
We will explore case examples curated to highlight what has been covered in this training.  


Conclusions/Questions (10 minutes)  



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

  • Identify and define ethical values. 

  • Understand the most widely used theories underlying ethical discourse in  social work and related helping professions. 

  • Apply these concepts to sound social work practice that addresses clients’ psychosocial and financial needs. 

  • Address ethical dilemmas through one model to be presented. 

  • Discuss ethical codes of conduct for social workers, particularly when vulnerable groups of people are impacted.  

Bibliography & References



American Psychological Association. (2017). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (2002, amended effective June 1, 2010, and January 1, 2017). 


American Counseling Association. (2014). 2014 ACA code of ethics. ethics-finaladdress.pdf 


Boddy, J., & Dominelli, L. (2017). Social media and social work: The challenges of a new ethical space. Australian Social Work, 70(2), 172-184.  


Disla de Jesus V, Liem A, Borra D, Appel JM. Who's the Boss? Ethical Dilemmas in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents. Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ). 2022 Apr;20(2):215- 219. doi: 10.1176/appi.focus.20210037. Epub 2022 Apr 22. PMID: 37153131; PMCID: PMC10153495. 


Nordesjö, K., Scaramuzzino, G., & Ulmestig, R. (2022). The social worker-client relationship in the digital era: a configurative literature review. European Journal of Social Work, 25(2), 303-315.  


Pozgar, G. D. (2005). Legal and ethical issues for health professionals. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.  


Reamer, F. G. (2020). Boundary issues and dual relationships in the human services. In Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services. Columbia University Press.  


Tunick, M. (2023). State authority, parental authority, and the rights of mature minors. The Journal of Ethics, 27(1), 7-29.  

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 3 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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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on May 9, 2024

Cancellations** must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.

Late fees cannot be refunded or applied to  account credit. 

**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.

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

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