It is very common for anyone working in the helping profession to encounter ethical dilemmas. Ethics are at the heart of competent and effective practice for anyone in the helping field. This workshop is designed to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to review common principles and standards for ethical practice that are relevant for their settings. Participants will practice using an ethical decision-making process to work through common areas of ethical concerns and leave with a stronger awareness of their own ethical base.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Boundaries and Ethics
  • What’s Involved with Building Ethical Competence
  • Common Principles in Helping Professions
  • An Ethical Decision-Making Process
  • Common Standards of Practice
  • Confidentiality and Limits to Confidentiality
  • Helper and Client Boundaries
  • Cultural and Diversity Competence
  • Ethical Technology

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, and school personnel.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the concept of ethics and how it applies within the helping profession
  • Describe the common values and principles that guide codes of ethics in helping professions
  • Identify steps in a process for ethical decision-making
  • Describe ethical considerations for boundaries and cultural competence in the workplace