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Ethics Conference

Thank you so much for your flexibility as we worked hard to shift the NASW-NC Ethics Conference online for the first time. We missed seeing you in person but hope you were able to learn to better your practice.

On Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12 noon, attendees will receive an email with a conference evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, attendees will be directed to download their certificates.

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If you were unable to attend the full 6 hours, we will need more time to adjust your certificate.

If you had connections issues, we have recorded the webinar and will work to make it available to you.


Please click here to view our virtual exhibit hall and connect with our vendors!



The Ethics of Moral Injury, Moral Distress and Moral Courage in Social Work Practice


Friday, March 20, 2020

6 Hours of Ethics CE

Moral injury is defined as the sort of harm that results when someone has perpetrated, failed to prevent, or witnessed acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs, an issue rarely addressed in traditional ethics education. Moral distress occurs in social work practice when a social worker encounters an ethical dilemma resulting from a conflict between institutional policies and what the social worker believes is the right course of action. Knowing what is right does not necessarily mean that social workers will do what is right. Often, it takes significant moral courage to do the right thing. Moral courage refers the virtue of having the strength to do what is right in the face of opposition.


This conference will address the ethics of moral injury, moral distress and moral courage in social work practice and how social workers can address each in their own practice.



8:15-8:30am   Welcome and Announcements

8:30-9:00am   Professional Disillusionment & Ethical Practice

5 minute break

9:05-10:05am  Moral Injury: A New Paradigm for an Age-Old Problem

5 minute break

10:10-10:55am  The Ethics of Moral Distress in the Social Work Workplace

5 minute break

11:00-12:30pm  Panel Discussion: Moral Injury and Moral Distress in Practice

12:30-1:30pm  Break

1:30-2:00pm  Awards presentation, NASW-NC State of the Association and Legislative Update from Representative Sydney Batch

2:00-4:00pm  Truth to Power: Mobilizing Moral Courage and Ethical Action (with 5 minute break)

4:00pm  Adjourn


Thank you to our Sponsors and Exhibitors!





  • Crest View Recovery Center
  • Fellowship Hall
  • Healthy Blue
  • Holly Hill Hospital
  • Life Center of Galax
  • MindPath Care Centers
  • NARAL Pro-Choice
  • NC Client Assistance Program
  • NC Department of Insurance
  • NC Dept of Insurance - Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
  • NC Problem Gambling Program
  • Rosen Law Firm
  • Separating Together
  • State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)
  • Vanguard Professional Staffing
  • Veritas Collaborative
  • UNC-Wilmington School of Social Work
  • Wilmington Treatment Center





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