Ethics and Boundaries: Biological Foundations

This 1-day workshop will address the biological roots of human morality and leave participants with a deeper understanding of how to think about, as well as how to manage, ethics in their work and in the lives of their clients. You will also gain a better understanding of modern genetics and explore 21st century ethical dilemmas.

At a glance

What: Ethics and Boundaries: Biological Foundations

When: Last offered Jan 22, 2015. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $150

Continuing education credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs)

Instructor: David Mays

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While many ethics workshops focus on defining and solving ethical dilemmas in health care, few ever address where our opinions about ethics and virtue come from. Research in social science, economics, and biology is providing exciting new data pertaining to the questions: Why do human beings care about ethics at all? When people care about ethics, what exactly do they care about?

We have now entered the age of evolution by design. Soon we will be tailoring our pharmaceutical treatments to the genetic makeup of the patient. Our new understanding of mental illnesses will allow us to explore early intervention and prevention. We are already using genetic knowledge to enhance human performance and create new organisms. But just because we can do these things, does it mean we should? This program will help participants delve into these questions.

General information

Continuing Education Units
0.6 CEU (6 hours) per training.

$150 includes instruction, materials, CEUs, refreshments, and a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee.

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Continuing education credit

Six hours of Professional Continuing Education: 0.6 CEUs per training

Association of Social Work Boards
UW-Madison Continuing Studies (provider #1042) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. UW-Madison Continuing Studies maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/27/2013-4/27/2016. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in each course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours per day.

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, and the Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota Boards of Social Work recognize ACE programs.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
UW-Madison Continuing Studies is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #5990 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Wisconsin Psychology Examining Board
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course relevant to the professional practice of psychology offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Theses workshops qualify as a continuing education program offered by an accredited university.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors
Each workshop qualifies as a continuing education course consisting of relevant subject matter taught by qualified presenters.

Other Professions
Completion of this program qualifies for 6 continuing education hours. Contact your own board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

For more information, contact Kristi Obmascher at 608-262-8971, 800-442-4617, or