University of Southern Indiana

Speaker Bios

Frederic (Rick) Reamer

Frederic (Rick) Reamer (Keynote)

Dr. Frederic Reamer has dedicated his career to reforming the ethics, practice and education of the social work field through his work as a researcher, an author and a professor. His extensive experience in ethics research has helped NASW and the social work profession as a whole over the years. Reamer chaired the task force wrote the current Code of Ethics implemented by NASW. Currently, he is the chair of the NASW Technology Standards Task Force and continues to serve on the Code of Ethics Revisions Task Force.

Reamer is a professor in the graduate program at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, where he has taught since 1983. Over the years, his research has focused on a variety of human service issues, ranging from mental health and criminal justice to public welfare and professional ethics. He has distinguishing himself as an expert in the ethical use of technology within social work and introduced social work regulators to the ethical, practice and regulatory challenges posed by the quick rise of technology.

He has lectured around the world on professional ethics, professional malpractice and liability, including presenting at the 2014 NASW National Conference. Reamer has participated in research projects sponsored by groups many including The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania.

Reamer received his BA in Criminology from the University of Maryland in 1974, his AM in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 1975 and his PhD in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 1978.


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