105th Annual Spring Leadership and Networking Conference
Pre-Conference Ethics Workshop
Monday, March 26, 2018  9:00 am
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs


“Ethical Considerations in Documentation:  Not What, But Why”

Sean P. Muldoon, LCSW, Clinical Services Manager, Operation Stand Down Tennessee
Jessica Hoke, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, Nashville CARES

For many of us, documentation is the bane of our clinical existence, at best a necessary evil. Truth be told, our documentation is a reflection of our competency and professionalism. It is an essential communication tool of our clinical practice and well beyond the practical rules and regulations, a hotbed of real and potential ethical considerations, issues and/or concerns. Clinical social workers as well as macro practitioners and direct service providers face unending challenges recording their work while balancing requirements and workload.  This workshop will help the provider consider not what to document, but why. 

This workshop will combine lecture and small group discussion to delve into the intersection between ethics and documentation. Participants in the workshop will be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the key ethical values and standards that are essential considerations in the process of documenting our clinical practice.
  2. Identify and understand the ethical implications of the variety of “audiences/listeners” of our documentation.
  3. Identify ethical considerations embedded in our documentation of core clinical activities; assessment, treatment planning, case management/counseling services, and discharge planning and best practice strategies.
  4. Identify ethical considerations embedded in our documentation of special circumstances and best practice strategies.