SMHI Webinar: Ethical Recordkeeping in School Mental Health - Part 1 of 2


Presented by Dr. Jim Raines, LCSW. Ethical Recordkeeping in School Mental Health - Part 1 addresses four of seven ethical issues related to recordkeeping according to the new NASW Code of Ethics. Part 2 addresses the remaining three issues.

This archived webinar will address the following issues: 

  1. Privacy - What information should I collect? (How intrusive should I be?)
  2. Accuracy - How objective should the information be?
  3. Confidentiality - What information should I protect?
  4. Access - Who should be able to read or review records?

Practical examples related to social work in school settings will be used throughout the presentation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn the limitations placed around client privacy. 
  2. Participants will learn 5 aspects to the accuracy of client data, including respectfulness, progress notes, client goals, evaluation, and correcting mistakes. 
  3. Participants will learn the 3 essential elements of informed consent. 
  4. Participants will learn an important change to the exceptions to confidentiality in the NASW Code. 
  5. Participants will learn 5 facets of client access to records, including safety, interpretation, exceptions, policy development, and protection of others. 

Presenter Information

Dr. Jim Raines, LCSW, calls himself an accidental academic with the heart of a practitioner. He earned his MSSW at Columbia University in New York City and his Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. Jim has been President of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers, Midwest Council of School Social Workers, and the School Social Work Association of America. He has written four books published by Oxford University Press, including one on ethical decision-making with Nic Dibble in 2011. He has keynoted state, national, and international conferences. He is currently a Professor of Social Work at California State University Monterey Bay.

Certificate of Completion

TASN SMHI is a social work continuing education approved provider through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) (KS BSRB Provider Number 18-011). 

To earn a Certificate of Completion for completing an archived SMHI webinar:

  1. Go to the SMHI Moodle site; view the archived webinar; and complete the post-assessment.
  2. A Certificate of Completion that you may download and/or print will be automatically populated.

For directions on how to create a Moodle account, click here.

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