The Catholic University of America


For questions or additional information on Professional Development program, contact the office at 202-319-4388.

Interested in conducting a workshop? 

Link here, complete the workshop proposal, and email it to: Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director of Field Education & Professional Development

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops at NCSSS


9am to noon

3 CE credits

Melina Afzal

The Ethics of HIV for Social Workers


Monday June 12

9am to noon

3 CE credits 

Eileen Dombo

 Ethics and Confidentiality in Clinical Practice

FULL Description of Above Workshop Schedule:

The Ethics of HIV for Social Workers - 


Monday May 22

9am to noon

Pryzbyla Building, Great Room A

3 CE credits

Melina Afzal

Washington DC area has the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the United Sates. For the Nation’s Capitol, we are still in the midst of an epidemic, nearly 36 years later. Social workers experienced the depth of HIV disease from the beginning. We were and still are in the front lines of addressing the complex and multi faceted psychosocial issues. We are educators, activists, advocates and support for those infected and affected. As HIV has moved from a death sentence to a chronic disease so have the understanding, perception and behaviors.

 Since the start of the AIDS epidemic, ethics has been a significant challenge in policy, prevention and treatment. The intention and purpose of the Ethics of HIV for Social Workers workshop is for social workers to obtain a working knowledge of these ethical dilemmas on both a macro and micro level. The primary focus will be identifying areas of ethical dilemmas, impact on disenfranchised populations and troubleshooting the murky waters of ethics in relation to access to prevention and treatment. Participants will also gain insight into the personal impact of HIV/AIDS as well as the role of stigma. This is an interactive workshop which includes lecture, video and group discussion. 


Learners will gain an understanding of ethics in the AIDS epidemic and it’s connection and impact on both a macro and micro level.

HIV 101 (transmission,  prevention & treatment)

Ethical dilemmas and considerations:

·         Privacy & confidentiality (i.e. progress notes)

·         Duty to warn  (harm to self or others)

·         Transplant

·         Medical Power of Attorney

·         Client determination (right to decline treatment, palliative care, adherence)

·         Access to resources and care (medical care, NE, condoms or testing)

Special populations & stigma

Case Scenarios


Ethics & Confidentiality in Clinical Practice

Monday June 12, 9am-noon

Pryzbyla Great Room A

Registration Fee:

$60 regular registration

$45 current NCSSS field instructor

$25 current NCSSS student


Eileen A. Dombo, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Therapists and Counselors are often asked to provide information about their clients to employers, family members, insurance companies and others.  Regardless of intention of the requesting person, need to carefully balance potential for inappropriate disclosure with ethical obligations to protect confidentiality.

Learning Objectives

1.       Participants will explore common ethical dilemmas in clinical practice.

2.       Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate these practice issues while maintaining a strong working alliance with clients.

3.       Participants will role play strategies for clinical practice.

This workshop will discuss confidentiality and it’s limits including the use of technology, social media, boundaries, record storage, and the foreseeable uses of confidential information.  Dr. Dombo will also address aspects of vicarious trauma and self-care.

Registration Information

Online registration is available through our website. Look for the workshop you are interested in, and link to the registration site. Current NCSSS students and NCSSS Field Instructors receive a discounted rate.
Phone registration is available. Please call 202-319-4388
Cancellation policy 
Refunds will be honored up to 1 week prior to the workshop, minus a $25.00 processing fee.  Substitution requests for an alternate workshop will also be considered.  Please contact Allyson Shaffer at Registrants will be notified if a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment and registration fees will be fully refunded. Workshops will be cancelled if The Catholic University of America is closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Please check the website for information on closures.
On campus parking is very limited. It is best to use public transportation. CUA is located on the Red Line of the Metro, CUA/Brookland stop.
If you require any special accommodations, we will try to meet those needs. Please call at least 2 weeks prior to an event to make reasonable requests.
For more information, contact
Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development. Tel: 202-319-4388,