Ethics and Leadership in Social Work

December 9th, 2022, 12:00 - 4:30pm EST


October: Grief Literacy | December: Ethics & Leadership

Pricing Information




Session 1:

Deconstructing Leadership: Ethics for Social Work's Future

Led By:

Tanisha Bowman, MSW, LSW, APHSW-C, CGP,
NEDA Proficient, Butler Memorial Health

Arika Patneaude,  MHP, EMMHS, MSW, LICSW, APHSW-C,
Seattle Children's Hospital and Moore Genesis Consulting

Bridget Sumser, LCSW, APHSW-C,
UCSF Health


Join three leaders from the SWHPN Board as they discuss the role of social workers in leading change in their teams, places of employment, affiliated organizations, and beyond, in order to address the racism, colonialism, and patriarchy impacting those systems. Come join this interactive conversation to imagine better ways of working together.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of anti-oppression work as an ethical imperative in social work practice
  2. Explore explicit strategies for integrating anti-oppression strategies into your work
  3. Examine the meaning of "starting with one's self" and give examples of how to do so within your own work / practice


Session 2:

Medical Aid in Dying Law and the Role of Social Work: A Case Study from the Implementation of MAiD in New Mexico

Led By:

Erika Gergerich, PhD, LCSW,
New Mexico State University


The Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act went into effect on June 18, 2021, legalizing medical aid in dying (MAID) for terminally ill adults in New Mexico at their request. Since social workers have historically served an essential role on interdisciplinary teams in end-of-life care, providing patients and their loved ones with support as they navigate serious illness and death, it is critical for social workers to have knowledge of state legislation and local resources so they may support patients seeking MAID. While hospice services might offer the most seamless fit for provision of MAID services, some providers and organizations have indicated a hesitancy to be involved. This is likely due, in part, to the reality that hospice faces significant stigma already, with misguided concerns that providers will hasten death.

The primary focus of the panel will be to describe and explore:

  • Details of the new law, including all necessary steps,  qualifications, and protections.
  • Prospective roles for social workers in practice and advocacy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe components of New Mexico's Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) law (history and impact since passage in 2021).
  2. Explore prospective roles for social workers in supporting patients who utilize MAiD.
  3. Identify opportunities for social workers to advocate at state and national levels related to MAiD.

Session 3:

Understanding the Implications of the Dobbs Decision on Pediatric Palliative Care

Led By:

Devon Dabbs,
Project Director, National Pediatric Palliative Care Task Force

Lisa Humphrey, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Solimar Santiago-Warner, PhD, LCSW, PHM-C,
Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian


This panel of pediatric palliative care experts will discuss the myriad ways that the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Supreme Court decision that was handed down on June 24, 2022 has impacted the pediatric palliative care field, highlighting the intersections between clinical care, ethics, and state policy.

Learning Objectives:

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Social Worker attendees of the Virtual Summit will receive 3.0 continuing education (CE) credits provided by California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Extended Learning, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In order to receive credits, you will need to attend the Virtual Summit in its entirety and complete an evaluation for each individual session. Additionally, you must complete an overall conference evaluation by December 31, 2022. At this time, we are unable to give partial credit for this event.

For social workers licensed in New York, SWHPN is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0503.

If you need accommodations, please reach out to [email protected].