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Managing Ethics and Boundaries with a Clinical Lens

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For registration assistance: 608-262-2451
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Summary

This class meets Wisconsin's requirements for ethics and professional boundaries for continuing education for helping professionals.

The management of professional ethics and boundaries can be challenging in clinical work especially as we have become more dependent on the use of technology. This course will address the unique issues encountered during the provision of clinical services and will discuss best practice approaches to these challenges. This class is a group-paced asynchronous Canvas-based course. There will be captured lecture content, course readings and weekly discussion posts with the opportunity to interact both with peers and the instructor. You will have the opportunity to participate within the flexibility of an online classroom, while still interacting with colleagues within the professions of social work, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other behavioral health professions. This is an opportunity to consider the range of ethical mandates across many disciplines.

You may decide to sign up for the 4-credit version of this class, starting Monday, October 31st and ending on Friday, November 11th or you may decide to sign up for the 6-credit version of the class, also starting Monday, October 31st, but ending on Friday, November 18th. Everyone will participate together for the first two weeks and those who signed up for 6 credits will continue on a third week in order to complete the last 2 credits.

Overview

Learning objectives

At the end of the 4 credit portion, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the scope and causes of the mental health crisis in the US and better understand the need for competent and ethical mental health practitioners
  • Identify the array of ethical challenges with the use of technology and social media in clinical practice
  • Identify the range of ethical dilemmas and professional boundaries in clinical practice
  • Learn models for the ethical decision-making process
  • Increase awareness of the complicated nature of professional boundaries
  • Learn about the ethics of cultural competency in an ever-changing multicultural society
  • Identify risks that may affect professional liability
  • Identify what policies, procedures, and protocols are recommended to address ethics in a variety of contexts
  • Learn how to use the NASW Code of Ethics, and an ethical decision-making process to problem-solve a variety of ethical dilemmas through group discussion.

At the end of the 6 credit portion, participants will also be able to:

  • Identify risk management considerations for psychologists in the digital age
  • Discuss and problem-solve complicated ethical dilemmas in psychotherapy
  • Explore ethical considerations for psychologists who take a public stance on controversial issues: The Balance Between Personal and Professional Life

Audience

Beginner to Intermediate

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Program Questions?

Contact Meghan Wilhelmi at meghan.wilhelmi@wisc.edu or 608-263-2829

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Jeanne WAGNER Newton

MSW

(LCSW, MSW, Jane Addams College) is the Director of Social Work Field Education Programs at UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare currently developing continuing education programs in social work ethics, leadership and supervision, case management and safety in the field.