Ethical Issues in Supervision: Evolving Contexts

ONLINE COURSE | Instructor: Stephanie D. Washington, Ed.D, LCSW-S
CEs: 1.5 | Level: Intermediate

The purpose of this course is to assist beginning and experienced supervisors in the development of practical tools and responses to ethical transactions with supervisees across varying contexts and developmental levels. “Professional supervision is defined as the relationship between supervisor and supervisee in which the responsibility and accountability for the development of competence, demeanor, and ethical practice take place,”  (ASWB and NASW, 2013). These standards go on to highlight that it is the supervisor who is responsible for providing the direction to achieve these aims, and in collaboration with the supervisee, carry the responsibility to achieve these goals in an ethical manner.

Whether an individual is  tasked with supervising university interns, agency staff, or supervising supervisors, no aspect of supervision or consultation is without ethical underpinnings. Consequently, supervisors must  provide the context for ethical practice from the beginning and throughout the supervision process.

Target Audience:

Social workers and other social service providers 

Course Delivery Method and Format:

Asynchronous learning

Registration Fee and Deadline:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of preparing for ethical supervision by reexamining all state laws regulating your supervision practice.
  2. Identify ethical issues in the supervisory relationship.
  3. Explain how to recognize and respond to ethical dilemmas that present between social workers and clients.

Instructor Biography:

Stephanie Washington is a LCSW-S. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S.W. from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work, and her Ed.D. from the University of Houston College of Education. She currently maintains a private practice, primarily in supervision and consultation, in the Houston area, volunteers with the Association of Social Work Boards exam committee and is an adjunct instructor at Stephen F. Austin School of Social Work.

Completion Requirements: 

To receive a CE certificate, you must complete the entirety of the online course. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the course. For recorded lectures and webinars, participants must complete a post test and an evaluation, noting the length of time to complete the course. Participants must also complete an attestation of completion for each fully completed course. It is attendees responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Certificate is Awarded:

Upon completing the evaluation, and other documents such as post test and attestation if applicable, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of course completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on completion of the evaluation and other necessary documents.



Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE 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 #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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