Keynote Speaker & Plenary Panelist

Frederic G. REAMER
Professor, School of Social Work
Rhode Island College, USA

Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., is professor at the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College (USA).  Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in mental health settings and prisons.  He is the author of many books and other publications on social work ethics. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the code of ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers (1996) and served on the code of ethics revision committee (2017).  He has lectured on the subject of ethics internationally, including India, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Canada, and throughout the United States. In 2016 Dr. Reamer was named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers for his “commitment and dedication to the social work profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions at the local, state, national, and international levels.”    

First Keynote
@ June 27, 09:30 - 10:30

Ethical Issues in the Digital Age – Challenges for Social Workers Around the Globe

Social workers throughout the world face ethical challenges that were unimaginable to the profession’s earliest practitioners.  Contemporary social workers provide services and communicate with clients using digital and other technology that did not exist when social work was inaugurated in the 19th century. Social workers’ use of technology has introduced novel ethical challenges that require new ethical standards. At the same time, today’s social workers also face longstanding ethical issues related to management of confidential information, informed consent, professional boundaries, conflicts of interest, professional misconduct, paternalism, and allocation of limited resources, among others. Frederic Reamer will discuss the evolution of social work ethics; highlight longstanding and emerging challenges; explore international perspectives on social work ethics; and discuss evolving ethical standards worldwide.

Moderator: Prof. Daniel Wing-Leung LAI
Chair Professor and Head, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Plenary I
@ June 27, 11:00 - 12:30

Social Work Values, Ethical Challenges and Dilemma in Social Work Practice in this New Technological Era

In face of the challenges resulting from technological development, social workers face ethical challenges and there are ethical dilemma in social work practice. With Prof. Cheng’s rich experience in family work and intervention research, her talk can inspire social workers to rethink the service delivery and related issues.

Moderator: Prof. Alice Ming-Lin CHONG
Visiting Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, City University of Hong Kong