The Social Work & Ethics course is an intermediate course that seeks to provide practicing social work professionals and/or other mental health professionals with a deepened understanding of their ethical responsibility to those that they serve and challenge the values and beliefs that often interfere with their ability to be objective in their practice. 

This course will provide practical insight and strategies to enable competent clinical practice virtually and in person.  

NASW has identified Ethical Principles that should guide practice. Those principles are Service, Social Justice, Dignity, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity and Competence. This course will challenge each participant to utilize ethical principles as a basis and guide for service delivery to client populations.  

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Board (AWSB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE)  and Social workers completing this course will receive
3 Ethics continuing education units(CEU's)

 Vaughan Therapeutic         Systems

Vaughan Therapeutic  Systems

Vaughan Therapeutic Systems(VTS) is a clinical, coaching and consultative practice in Owings Mills, Maryland that has been in existence since 2009.   

VTS seeks to help individuals, groups and organizations to  realise their potential, establish their purpose and fulfill their dreams/vision.  VTS operates from 3 basic tenets of Commitment, Compassion, and Competence. 

VTS provides dynamic training that equips social work and mental health professionals to demonstrate competence and compliance in their clinical practice and profession. 

VTS provides quality training in the areas of Clinical Practice, Conflict Resolution, Ethics, Leadership Development and Vicarious Trauma.  


Being an Informed Social Work Professional  

  • Self-Awareness 
  • Identifying Biases
  • Cultural Competence

Standards for Professional Practice

  • Overview of Code of Ethics 
  • HIPAA/Privacy Practices
  • Telehealth Standards/Practice 

Critical Thinking and Ethical DecisionMaking 

  • Examining dilemma’s and identifying solutions 
  • Hindrances to professional obligations
  • Strategies for Decision Making in Social Work 

Mrs. Vaughan is a sought out trainer specializing in the areas of Mental Health, Conflict Resolution, Ethics, and Leadership Development.  

About the facilitator

Ebony Vaughan, LCSW-C is a seasoned social worker with over 25 years of experience in the field of Social Work.She graduated from Morgan State University and University of Maryland with a BSW and MSW.  Mrs. Vaughan is a Board Approved Supervisor and owner of Vaughan Therapeutic Systems, (VTS) 

Mrs. Vaughan has worked as a Social Worker  in the following areas; Academic institutions, the Public School System, Public Defenders Office, Child Welfare, Homeless and Housing programs and the Substance Abuse population. 

Mrs. Vaughan is a dynamic trainer who demonstrates passion and conviction in her role as a Social Work Professional. She has an ability to provide practical and relevant strategies to assist social work professionals to gain competence and effectiveness in their service delivery to client populations.     


  • Participants will be able to apply theory to practice and evaluate their practice using social work practice standards.
  • Participants will be able to apply knowledge of specific components of NASW Code of Ethics to professional practice.
  • ​Participants will be able to apply critical thinking skills to analyze and address ethical dilemmas.
  • ​Participants will be able to apply an awareness of complexities and implications in serving people from various backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures to engage in culturally competent practice.
  • ​​Participants will be able to explain the limits of confidentially in the use of traditional paper and computer technology and apply successfully to professional practice. 
  • ​​Participants will be able to manage boundary issues and the risks that arise in social work practice.
  • ​Participants will be able to analyze personal values, moral codes and cultural backgrounds and determine threats to effective social work practice.

 Who is this training for

This training is for Licensed Clinical Social Workers and other Counseling Professionals. (with approval) 

The training meets the requirements for 3 Ethics CEU for licensure renewal in the State of Maryland.

 Why Ethics in Counseling is so important

Ethics Training for mental health providers is crucial because it equips clinicians to be compliant with state expectations as it relates to practice, it provides effective and sound strategies that promote the code of ethics for counseling professionals and it enables clinicians to address biases that may interfere in clinical practice. Through ethics training, the professional will increase their level of understanding of how to weigh ethical issues in therapy and what to do if they get stuck in the decision-making process and/or ethical dilemmas.

As laws, technology, and our awareness of people and the relationship between therapist and client continue to evolve, ethics training keeps the professional and their practice up to date and in compliance with State expectations.

Staying up to date with the ethical standards and best practices will help guide your clinical practice in a way that avoids ethical violations. Providers who do not practice ethically often find themselves in compromising ethical dilemmas that lead to role confusion and/or at risk of losing their license or ability to practice.



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