106th Annual Spring Leadership and Networking Conference
Pre-Conference Ethics Workshop
Monday, March 25th, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
"Ethical Dilemmas and Substance Use Disorders: What Do You Do?"
Erin Pickney, LCSW
Associate Director of Medical Case Management and Financial Stability
Sponsored by NASW Tennessee
3 CEU’s in Ethics Approved for Social Workers by NASW TN
Have you ever had a client who has been using illicit drugs and wondered “what do I do?” Well, you’re not alone. Working with clients in substance abuse treatment presents dilemmas relating to personal beliefs, judgments, and values. The history of how society views persons with addictions is fraught with emotion, misperceptions, and biases that have affected the care of drug abusers. Overwhelmingly, patients and clients who are misusing both legal and illegal drugs carry the stigma of being labeled a drug abuser which can negatively impact the quality of care they receive.
Because of the highly charged emotional nature of the substance abuse treatment field, providers should possess the tools to explore ethical dilemmas objectively. By doing so, and by examining their own reactions to the situation, providers can proceed with the most ethical course of action.
This workshop will provide the participants with an overview of Substance Use Disorders, using real language rather than textbook definitions. It will explore why the disease itself creates ethical dilemmas; everything from legitimacy of signed documents/consents to the ability for clients to make personal choices when their brain is hijacked by substances. Through small group discussions and activities, this workshop will review tips for identifying potential SUD with clients and ways to address treatments without judgement. It will review resources, treatment modalities, and ethical referral-making.
Participants will improve their understanding of Substance Use Disorders.
Participants will be challenged to identify ethical dilemmas inherent in working with Substance Use Disorders
Participants will develop skills to resolve dilemmas while ensuring the client retains their right to self-determination.
Erin Pickney, LCSW