Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Peer Support Services

for professionals in psychology, behavioral health, social work, and NE licensed alcohol and drug counselors

Presented by Dr. Frederic Reamer


The following videos include Part 1 and Part 2 of Dr. Frederic Reamer’s training, “Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Peer Support Services.” This training explores compelling ethical and risk management challenges faced by administrators and supervisors of peer support services.

Part 1:
Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Peer Support Services (for Providers)

(Dr. Frederic Reamer)

Part 2:
Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Peer Support Services (for Providers)

(Dr. Frederic Reamer)


Professor Frederic Reamer discusses unique administrative and supervisory challenges related to boundary issues and dual relationships (e.g., hiring former clients), conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, client’s rights, termination of services, practitioners’ and clients’ use of technology, and impaired professionals. Dr. Reamer focuses on ethical standards related to supervision and strategies to prevent vicarious liability. He discusses relevant ethical standards; statutes, regulations, and case law; national practice standards; documentation; supervision standards; and consultation protocols.


  • Identify challenging ethical issues and dilemmas associated with peer support services.
  • Apply practical ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols.
  • Identify ethical issues that pose malpractice and liability risks.
  • Design strategies to protect clients and practitioners. 

Date Presented: Tues., Mar. 23, 2021 9:00am – 12:15pm CDT
Date Training Expires: March 23, 2023

Supporting Material

About the Speaker

Dr. Frederic Reamer


Frederic Reamer is a professor in the Rhode Island College School of Social Work graduate program, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His teaching and research focuses on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers in 1996 and recently served on the code revision task force. Dr. Reamer has lectured nationally and internationally on social work and professional ethics, including in India, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and in various European nations. His books include Social Work Values and Ethics, Risk Management in Social WorkThe Social Works Ethics CasebookEthical Standards in Social WorkBoundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human ServicesEthics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Social WorkMoral Distress and Injury in Human Services; and The Social Work Ethics Audit, among others. Dr.Reamer has served as an expert witness in many court and licensing board cases throughout the United States.

These trainings were funded in whole or in part by funds from the SAMHSA Community Mental Health Block Grant, SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and state funds sub-granted from the Nebraska Department of Health and Services, Division of Behavioral Health.