Child welfare professionals across the nation are charged with the essential responsibilities of serving vulnerable children and families. Ensuring well-being, protecting children from abuse and neglect, strengthening families to reach permanency are some of the noble duties carried out by child welfare professionals. Working in a fast-paced work environment, making life-and-death decisions daily, and being exposed to trauma makes workers a high risk for burnout and professional impairment. For child welfare professionals, self-care isn’t just a good idea it is an ethical responsibility.

This course is specifically designed for child welfare professionals. This course includes real ethical case examples inspired by the instructor’s experience working in child welfare, relevant information on professional impairment, and effective self-care strategies and resources.

Target Audience: This course for child welfare professionals.

Course Objectives:

1.     Define the role of ethics in child welfare.

2.     Describe the signs of burnout.

3.     Review the negative effects of professional impairment & how it relates to ethical infractions.

4.     Discuss the role of self-care as an ethical imperative.

5.     Explore practical self-care strategies to build professional resilience.

"This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886738581-4416) for 3 continuing education contact hours." Category: Ethics

Please check with your state licensing boards for questions regarding your continuing education requirements.

Course Curriculum

  Module I: The Role of Ethics in Child Welfare
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  Module II: What is Professional Impairment
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  Module III: Professional Self-Care for Child Welfare Professionals
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  Post Test (Once completed, click "COMPLETE & CONTINUE" (green) button in top right corner)
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  Evaluation
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Terricka Hardy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, Board Certified Diplomate, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. She is an appointed member of the NASW National Ethics Committee, member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social Work Ethics & Values, and Memphis VA Social Work Professional Standards Board member. Terricka served as a member of the NASW Professional Impairment Policy Committee and assisted with writing and revising the NASW Professional Impairment Policy Statement. She is a featured contributor of The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values textbook published in 2019. More importantly, Terricka worked for several years in child welfare including working with severe child abuse and neglect cases.


Terricka has presented on local, regional, and national levels. She has trained numerous of professional and community groups about ethics, mental health recovery, professional impairment, burnout, and self-care. She is devoted to enhancing the human well-being not only for clients but also for social workers, counselors and other helping professionals. Terricka is the author of The Self-Care A-Z Adult Coloring Book and Work Perks: A Gratitude Journal for Helping Professionals, both available on Amazon.

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