Remediation and Rehabilitation in the Disciplinary Context


Kate Zacher-Pate, LSW


Gary R. Schoener, M.Eq., Licensed Psychologist
Richard Silver, SW

Practicing What We Preach

Rehabilitation of social workers who have behaved inappropriately requires a competent assessment that is oriented toward understanding why the conduct happened. Remedial boundaries training can be helpful when used appropriately and provides something quite different from therapy.

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Learning objectives:

After this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the elements of an assessment aimed at determining rehabilitation options.
  2. Describe potential components of a remedial boundaries training course.


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Remediation of Professionals Through the Discipline Process: Opportunities and Limitations

Québec’s legislative and regulatory framework provides for the remediation of a professional subjected to the discipline process. The presentation will review how this process can permit a social worker, found guilty of a violation, to update competencies to ensure public protection. The presentation will also summarize the limits of this option.

Learning objectives:

After this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the opportunities for the remediation of social workers subjected to the discipline process.
  2. Recognize the limitations of this option in the Québec context.

Presenter information:

Gary Schoener is a clinical psychologist who serves as director of the Institute on Consultation & Training of the Walk-In Counseling Center in Minneapolis. He served as the center’s executive director for 37 years. For more than 40 years he has done consulting and training in North America and several other parts of the world on issues in professional boundaries. He has authored books, book chapters, and journal articles on the topic. He provides evaluations and remedial ethics and boundaries courses for professionals, including social workers, who are under disciplinary orders. He has consulted in more than 4,000 cases involving alleged boundary violations.

Richard Silver is a social worker and lawyer and practices as legal counsel to the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec. He has been on staff at the ordre since 2001. After his studies in social work, Richard practiced in both the institutional and community sectors. He has worked in private practice as a lawyer and as a member of the political staff of Québec’s Minister of Health and Social Services for a period of four years. Richard has served on the ASWB Board of Directors since 2012 and been a board member of several other organizations. He has given several presentations at ASWB education conferences.