Course Description

At times, everyone has felt overloaded and wondered whether they can cope with the pressures placed on them. Furthermore, workplace pressures have caused them to at least consider acting unethically or illegally on the job. Besides having to cope with the normal workplace stress, social workers have an added responsibility to adhere to a code of ethics to maintain licensure. It is important for social workers to be aware of how stress can impact them to avoid unethical behavior.


  • Define and list general terms related to ethics & stress (Ethics, Ethical dilemmas, Ethical principles, Stress, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue) 
  • Restate and list ethical definitions and why they are important in decision making.
  • Demonstrate and explain the skill to assess stress that effects your ethical decision making as a practicing social worker. 
  • Explain and list how stress can have a positive and negative impact on an individual
  • Facilitate a personal role play and describe goals to engage in the practice of self management when dealing with stress and burnout. (Stress Management)

Reaching Objective:

Identify the main social work ethics (NASW)

Ethical Decision Making

Implementing Action Plan (decision making)

Assessing your stress/burnout

Practical tools and activities 

Relevance to Social Work:    

  • Developing an understanding of the affects of stress on social workers and their ethical decision making. 

  • Develop individual cultural awareness on how to assess one’s own stress.  

  • Using practical social work individual exercises that can be taken back to their work and used to maintain stress levels.  

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 3-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Refund policy:   No refund will be given for purchase of course.

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

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Lead Trainer

Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Sharea Farmer is the Founder and Executive Director of RS Counseling & Wellness with over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her training includes: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her expertise in both clinical and administration has allowed her to work in the private and public sectors as an advocate for employee wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Race Equity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Her unique practice that focuses on empowerment and education creates transformative wellness for her clients that range from executive leadership teams to supervisors to staff. RS Wellness has developed employee resilience plans and trauma-informed care programs for state and public health agencies, as well as educational groups, both locally and nationally. The workshops and courses created by RS Wellness are the keys to a healthy trauma-informed workplace where everyone can thrive. Courses fall under four categories: DEI, Social Work Continuing Education, Trauma-Focused, and Wellness. Although each course is tailored to its specific subject matter, the courses provide curriculum, assignments, video, and affirming activities. Sharea received a BA in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers where she’s been teaching since 2014. She is on the World Childhood Foundation Advisory Board for a two-year term from 2021-2023. On the board, she’ll have the chance to use the Equity & Inclusion lens to determine program eligibility for funding in the area of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children. You can find her press, publications, and presentations here. Sharea lives in New Jersey with her husband. She enjoys all things basketball, live NBA games, traveling, coloring, and spending time with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Stress: Impact on Ethical Decision Making


    • How Stress Affects Your Body and Mind

    • How stress affects your body - Sharon Horesh Bergquist

    • Does stress affect your memory - Elizabeth Cox


  • 2

    Handouts, Evaluation & Closing Requirements

    • Stress Symptom Checklist (1)

    • Burnout Handout

    • RSCWC SelfCare Assessment & Wellness Plan

    • Post Test

    • Evaluation

    • Evaluation Part II

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