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Ethics, Inequity and Pandemic: Challenges for Social Workers

Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
Recorded on April 10, 2020

About this Webinar Recording 

As the U.S. and the world confront the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals are faced with difficult decisions and limited resources. Utilitarian (“greatest good for the greatest number of people”) foundations for decision-making are well circulated in the press, but this framework can lead to moral distress and moral injury. We are also coping with this pandemic in a unique manner—one of shared trauma. Not only are we the helpers, but we are also experiencing this trauma with our clients, our community and our world. This webinar provides an overview of utilitarian decision-making applications to pandemic, bioethical principles and social work core values as they relate to the COVID-19 crisis. Challenges of social distancing and privilege will also be addressed with an ethical lens. We then shift to look at the impact of moral distress and moral injury; the potential for posttraumatic growth and advocacy for change; and preparedness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
  1. Understand the terms values, morals, ethics and bioethics in their application to the current COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Describe the impact of privilege on the ability to shelter in place, social distance and have access to medical care during this pandemic.
  3. Apply the concept of moral distress to the process of moral injury.
  4. Explain pandemic ethical preparedness and clinically apply it to current pandemic.
 Presenter


Christina Bach, MSW, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
Christina Bach, MSW, is a clinical oncology social worker, bioethicist and social work educator. She is the psychosocial oncology content editor at Oncolink.org. She also serves as an instructor and field liaison at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and as a Financial and Insurance Specialist for the Cancer Support Community Helpline. Christina has practiced in oncology for over 20 years in inpatient and outpatient settings. She also works regularly with her two certified therapy dogs, Linus and Huck, in cancer treatment settings as well as in literacy programs at local libraries. She serves on the Board of Directors and as a therapy dog evaluator for Comfort Caring Canines, Inc. Christina also has experience in Veterinary Social Work and does consulting and teaching on the human-animal bond, pet loss and animal assisted interventions and therapy and animal ethics/welfare.


Continuing Education Credits
Level - Introductory
Participants will earn 1.0 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Outline

12:00 p.m. - 12:12 p.m.: Understand the terms values, morals, ethics and bioethics in their application to the current COVID-19 pandemic

12:13 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Describe the impact of privilege on the ability to shelter in place, social distance and have access to medical care during this pandemic

12:25 p.m.-12:37 p.m.: Apply the concept of moral distress to the process of moral injury

12:38 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Explain pandemic ethical preparedness and clinically apply it to current pandemic.

12:50 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Questions and Answers

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORK BOARDS (ASWB):  This organization, Association of Oncology Social Workers, ACE Approval #1351, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AOSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/2019 - 11/11/2022.  Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S STATE BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORK:
Association of Oncology Social Work, Inc., SW CPE 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 #0320.

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