Artificial Intelligence in Social Work: Emerging Ethical Issues

Artificial Intelligence in Social Work: Emerging Ethical Issues

November 1, 2023

9:00am - 12:00pm CT

3 CEUs*

Live and Interactive Webinar on Zoom

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly prevalent in social work. AI is being used to conduct client risk assessments; assist people in crisis; strengthen prevention efforts; identify systemic biases in the delivery of social services; provide social work education; and predict social worker burnout and service outcomes, among other uses.

This webinar will examine cutting-edge ethical issues related to social workers’ use of AI; apply relevant ethical standards; and outline key elements of a strategy for social workers’ ethical use of AI. Join Dr. Frederic Reamer as he examines ethical issues and risks related to informed consent and client autonomy; privacy and confidentiality; transparency; potential client misdiagnosis; client abandonment; client surveillance; plagiarism, dishonesty, fraud, and misrepresentation; algorithmic bias and unfairness; and use of evidence-based AI tools.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to

• Identify the ways in which artificial intelligence is being used in social work

• Identify ethical issues and challenges associated with the use of artificial intelligence in social work

• Apply social work ethics standards

• Develop ethics-informed policies and protocols to protect clients and social workers

*This workshop satisfies the Ethics continuing education requirement for social workers and clinical psychologists.


Frederic Reamer, PhD, is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.

Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers in 1996 and recently served on the code revision task force. He has lectured nationally and internationally on social work and professional ethics, including in India, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and in various European nations. His books include Social Work Values and Ethics; Risk Management in Social Work; The Social Work Ethics Casebook; Ethical Standards in Social Work; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social Work; and The Social Work Ethics Audit, among others. Dr. Reamer has served as an expert witness in many court and licensing board cases throughout the United States.


This workshop will take place via Zoom. Access information will be shared via email at least 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop. The workshop will not be recorded.

If you have any questions about access or to request a reasonable accommodation that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer.