Living Leadership in the 21st Century: Navigating the Rough Waters of Ethical Decision Making

Presenter: Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D, LISW

Educational Program (4 Ethics Credits)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This interactive and multimedia workshop is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the ethical dilemmas facing all who effectively serve and lead through social work practice. Whether providing direct practice to individuals, organizations, or communities, these challenges are increasing in both number and complexity in the world today. Together we will explore how our ethical 'roots' help ground us in best managing these dilemmas. In this session we will explore questions such as: what does it mean to be an effective leader in the 21st-century?; how are ethical dilemmas best managed in organizations and communities?; how can our professional code of ethics inform our handling of conflicts and decision-making? Participants will be encouraged to bring practice dilemmas or ethical questions for discussion.

Invited Presenter

Darlyne Bailey is the Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, where she also serves as Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships.  A XIII W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, she has been a professor and academic administrator (Dean, Vice President, Acting President) for the past two decades.  Dr. Bailey currently serves on local and national boards including the Maternity Care Coalition and Stoneleigh Foundation in Philadelphia, and the National Human Services Assembly and the Pieper Family Foundation, in addition to several editorial boards.  She has published three books on topics about which she is passionate, including Sustaining Our Spirits: Women Leaders Thriving for Today and Tomorrow.  Dr. Bailey continues to publish articles and book chapters in the areas of leadership, organizational and community transformation, and the formation and sustainability of strategic alliances.


  • Define “Living Leadership” and how it applies to the practice of social work in varied settings
  • Understand historical frameworks of ethical thinking and behaving
  • Learn to identify and manage ethical dilemmas, including effective ways to engage in self-and-other care during times of conflict and ethical challenges
  • Apply the Social Work Professional Code of Ethics to challenging practice situations


8:30-9:00am            Registration and refreshments
9:00-9:15                   Welcome and session introduction
9:15-10:00                Exploring ethical frameworks
10:00-10:45              (Re)Visiting leadership in organizational schools of thought
10:45-11:00              BREAK
11:00-11:45              Identifying 21st century elements of effective leadership
11:45-12:30pm       Reconciling professional ethical dilemmas
12:30-1:00                Wrap-up and exchange of questions and ideas

Registration Information

You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card at  Participation may be limited due to space constraints, so we encourage early registration, for which there is a discount.  All conference fees include a CE certificate.  If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education

For Pennsylvania Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors: This program is approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 4 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS:  This program is approved for 4 CE credits.  Programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)10).

FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS:  Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation.  Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.


PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety, in this case from 9 AM until 1 PM.  Time will be strictly enforced. 

PSCSW Members: Be sure to login to see discounted member pricing for this event.

  • February 21, 2015
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm