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S24-503 Ethics and Financial Social Work: Becoming Familiar with the Challenges

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

Spring 2024 Ethics Workshops
3000 Financial Social Work |  500 Ethics
Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C |  Jack Mirabella, MSW
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



The purpose of this workshop is to explore ethical challenges that may occur when working with clients on financial, practical, and psychosocial issues. Registrants will learn about underlying ethical values and theories that accompany this comprehensive work and will learn strategies on improving practice and maximizing rapport and trust with clients who are dealing with financial stressors and vulnerabilities.   


Christine Callahan, PhD, LCSW-C Related Seminars and Products

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Dr. Christine Callahan is Research Associate Professor and Chair of the Financial Social Work Initiative (FSWI) at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  She joined the FSWI in July 2012 and with her colleagues conducts research and provides trainings in financial stability and financial empowerment.  Dr. Callahan received her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and her PhD in social work from the Catholic University of America in 2012.  She worked as a clinician for nearly 20 years at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, working intensively with patients and families enrolled in clinical trials at this federal research hospital.  Much of her work involved financial distress and financial burden with people who were in medical and psychosocial crisis and dealing with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.  She maintains a strong interest in and dedication to financial stability in vulnerable populations, along with those struggling with poverty and psychosocial, health-related, and environmental stressors.  Since 1999, Dr. Callahan has presented regularly at national conferences, including the Society for Social Work and Research, the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, the Council on Social Work Education, the Association of Oncology Social Work, and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly, and has written steadily on financial social work issues, including in The Journal of Social Work Education, Social Work in Health Care, and The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.  Dr. Callahan is also the lead author of the book The Routledge Handbook on Financial Social Work:  Direct Practice with Vulnerable Populations


Jack Mirabella, MSW Related Seminars and Products

Jack Mirabella (they/them) is a Baltimore-based attorney and macro social worker. They specialize in shaping public policy to promote health equity and reduce health and wealth disparities for historically excluded communities. In addition to their day job working for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Office of Minority Health, they also provide pro bono consulting services for Trans Maryland and pro bono legal services for children with disabilities and their families. Prior to their current role(s) they spent a number of years working in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for economic policies that benefit low-income and marginalized communities. They have been teaching financial social work and legislative advocacy courses through the University of Maryland School of Social Work since 2016.    

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:05-1:15 Log on 


1:15 – 2:30 Introduction to ethics and micro and mezzo social work applications 


2:15 – 2:45 Break 


2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Macro social work applications 


3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Ethical decision framework and discussion of case studies (micro, mezzo, and macro) 


4:00 p.m. – 4:15 Discussion 


4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Conclusion and wrap-up 


4:30 p.m. Adjournment and evaluations 



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



Almeida (2021). A History of racist federal housing policies. Massachusetts Budget & Policy Center. 


Brown, L. T.  (2016). Baltimore City Paper. 


Brown, L. T. (2022). Meet the author, Dr. Lawrence T. Brown. The Black Butterfly Project.  


The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica (September 13, 2022. Great migration. Britannica. 

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 April 5, 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.**

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms


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System Requirements:

  • 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.

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


Course Interaction Requirements:

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ADA Accommodations

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