Ethics, Boundaries, and the New Genetics (Interactive live online)

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This virtual learning class is being offered remotely at the listed day/time. Details, including instructions for accessing an online learning platform via the internet or dial-in option, will be provided to registrants. Participants earn 2 hours of ethics/boundaries continuing education. Take additional units to meet your requirements for 4 or 6 ethics/boundaries CE hours.

New discoveries in genetics have suddenly presented us with a startling question: how much should we know about creating human beings, and how far should we go in changing them? The future of genetic manipulation is already here.

As the science of genetics has progressed, so have the complexities involved in trying to keep up with the implications of our newfound knowledge. And, of course, nothing is clear. In this presentation, we will grapple with some of the ethical issues that are arising with astounding speed and potentially profound consequences.


Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the new ways in which genes can be manipulated by science
  • Understand what is meant by the epigenome
  • Identify how changing the genes in reproductive cells is ethically different than changing a gene in non-reproductive cells



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Course Outline

Course outline

  • Genetics today - what's different from what you learned in high school
  • Passing on our behavior in our genes
  • Ownership of your genetic information
  • Creating new life

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 2
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .2
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Ashley Kuehl at ashley.kuehl@wisc.edu or 608-265-4267

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Meet your instructor

David Mays

(MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine) is the past forensic clinical director at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He also serves on the clinical faculty at UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin.