Windows and Black Mirrors: Social Work Ethics and Technology in 2019 – Dr. Jonathan Singer

The PSCSW Education Committee is pleased to welcome Dr. Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, for our first conference of the academic year, offering 4 Ethics CEUs. Dr. Singer is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago, President of the American Association of Suicidology, and coauthor of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention and Postvention. This workshop will engage clinicians in considering contemporary ethical challenges around technology and empower them to evaluate possible changes needed in their practices.

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Singer

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Registration 8:30 am - 9:00 am)
Location: Lankenau Hospital, Auditorium
Main Entrance- Lobby A
100 East Lancaster Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Parking included, Garage B

Conference Summary
This 4 Ethics CEU workshop will provide an overview of technology, including social media, and ethical dilemmas in clinical social work. We will review how to use Barsky’s relational ethical decision-making framework to ethical dilemmas. There will be a specific focus on the role of technology in social work practice, including use of technology by clients, between clients and social workers, social work agencies, and between social work professionals. We will discuss the 19 changes to the 2018 NASW Code of Ethics, with an emphasis on the changes related to technology, and the NASW Technology Practice Standards.

Invited Presenter

Dr. Jonathan Singer is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago, President of the American Association of Suicidology, and coauthor of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention.

For the past 23 years, Dr. Singer has been a community mental health clinician, educator and researcher, much of that time providing crisis services to suicidal youth and their families. His clinical and research interests focus on interventions for suicidal and cyberbullied youth; service access and service utilization; and use of technology in education and clinical practice. He has given hundreds of presentations to the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and national professional organizations on topics ranging from youth suicide and cyberbullying to ethics, mental health, technology, social media, and adolescent development. He is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Attachment-based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth, and received training from Insoo Kim Berg on Solution-Focused Therapy. He is the author of over 60 publications. His research has been featured in national and international media outlets like NPR, Fox, Time Magazine, and The Guardian. He is a founding member of #SPSM, an online suicide prevention social media community; the Treasurer for the international organization Human Services Information Technology Association; and co-lead for the Social Work Grand Challenge initiative "Harness Technology for Social Good."

He is the founder and host of the award winning Social Work Podcast (, the first podcast by and for social workers. The Social Work Podcast has over 30,000 followers on social media and a million podcast episode downloads per year. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three children and can be found on Twitter as @socworkpodcast and Facebook at


  1. Participants will consider making changes to their policies and procedures to attend more to ethical
    concerns regarding the use of technology in social work practice.
  2. Participants will identify the ethical dilemmas that may arise from engaging in personal and professional activities on the Internet, including social media
  3. Participants will describe similarities and differences between online and offline ethical dilemmas
  4. Participants will recognize the possibilities and limitations of online therapy
  5. Participants will learn to apply ethical decision-making frameworks to technology-informed dilemmas
  6. Participants will list three tech-related changes to the 2018 NASW Code of Ethics.

Detailed Schedule

8:30am - 9:00am          Registration and refreshments
9:00am -10:00am         Overview of technology, including social media, and ethical dilemmas in clinical social work
10:00am – 10:45am     Review Barsky’s relational ethical decision-making model
10:45am – 11am           Break
11:00am – 11:45am     Applications of Barsky’s model to tech-related ethical dilemmas
11:45am – 12:30pm     Review of technology and 2018 NASW Code of Ethics and 2017 Technology Practice Standards.
12:30pm – 1:00pm      Questions and Answers

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 below with a credit card.  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.

Student Volunteers:  PSCSW welcomes social work students to attend all programs.  If you would like to attend free of charge, please consider volunteering your assistance on the morning of the program.  Interested social work graduate student volunteers, please call or email Elizabeth Grecco (

Continuing Education 
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 4 ethics 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 ethics credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).
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.

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  • September 21, 2019
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Details Price Qty
The PSCSW Member (CE Included) ($70.00 (USD)) is available to members only. On Sale
The PSCSW Transitional Member (CE Included) ($40.00 (USD)) is available to members only. On Sale
The PSCSW Retired or Student Member (CE Included) ($20.00 (USD)) is available to members only. On Sale
Non Member (CE Included) $85.00 (USD)  
Non Member Student $30.00 (USD)