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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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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