The New Age of Workplace Bullying and Violence: Tactical and Ethical Guidance for Social Work Field Education (2 CEUs)

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Cost and Registration

Invitation Only

As a thank you for giving back to UBSSW, registration is offered free to alumni mentors, unpaid field educators, task supervisors, Dean's Council members and advisory board members from the past two years.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 


403 Hayes Hall, South Campus, Buffalo

Closest parking lots include Abbott, Townsend and Diefendorf Lots. Please note that while parking is open after 3pm on campus, it is still at a premium, so give yourself enough time to park and find the building.


Incidents of workplace bullying and violence have intensified over the past decade, particularly in health and behavioral health settings. Their presence interferes with all that these settings strive to be; safe, client-centered, quality-driven, and approached through an interprofessional team effort. In addition, practitioners are being exposed to concerning levels of risk, plus trauma from each incident.

This presentation explores the varied dynamics of two concerning disrupters for workforce, workplace bullying and violence. Focus will be on the scope and incidence of both issues as they impact the social work field instruction community. Tactical guidance will be provided on how to identify and manage bullying boss and leadership situations, violence on the job, plus workforce resilience strategies. Special attention will be placed on how bullying contradicts with professional ethical codes and standards of practice across the social work profession. Attendees will be introduced to emerging laws and industry initiatives, plus unique strategies to empower their ability to manage these oppressive, traumatic, and often fatal behaviors.


  1. Explore the demographics and impact of workplace bullying and violence across the health and behavioral health industry.
  2. Identify the implications for those engaged in social work field instruction.
  3. Discuss the new dimension of trauma for health care sector victims.
  4. Review current legislative and professional initiatives.
  5. Provide strategies to empower workforce resilience and safety.

CEUs for New York State LMSWs & LCSWs

NY LMSW & LCSW contact hours are being provided through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Education. This Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 2 live contact hours have been approved.

CCM PACE Ethics CEs are being provided through EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC and the Commission for Case Manager Certification. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded. 2 live in-person Ethics CEs have been pre-approved for CCMs, with a certificate provided post course completion, including activity and approval code.

Questions about CEU's?

Please contact the Office of Continuing Education

Phone: 716-829-5847



Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW '83, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP

Ellen Fink-Samnick is Principal of EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC, in Virginia, and a proud graduate of the UB School of Social Work. An industry thought leader for over 35 years, Ellen empowers the health and behavioral health workforce through professional speaking, writing, and consultation. A subject matter expert in both Social Work Supervision, Clinical Social Work, and Ethics, Ellen is an esteemed author with over 100 publications to her credit. She has published content for many of the industry’s knowledge projects for practitioners, including books, articles, and chapter on Ethics, Workplace Bullying, Collaborative Care, Workforce Trauma, and the Social Determinants of Health.

Ellen is recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Master Social Work Alumna from the UB School of Social Work, the 2016 National Award of Service Excellence from the Case Management Society of America, and the 2011 Master Teacher Award for Adjunct Faculty for George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services. She is lead Supervision certification trainer for NASW of Virginia, and actively involved in development of their supervision curriculum, which has been adopted across the US. Ellen has also served as a clinical exam item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards, a commissioner for the Commission for Case Management Certification, and chair of their Professional Ethics and Conduct Committee.

Ellen Fink-Samnick

Ellen Fink-Samnick

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