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Bulletproof Ethics: Best Practices for Approaching Ethical Dilemmas in the Helping Professions

Registration: 9:00 – 9:30 AM
Presentation: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Sonja Sutherland, PhD, LPC, BC-TMH, ACS

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the impact of practitioner’s personal needs, daily life occurrences, and personality on professional behavior.
  2. Review best practices for avoiding malpractice.
  3. Examine ethical considerations when working with culturally diverse clients.
  4. Understand the importance of the Code of Ethics for identifying and implementing best practices
  5. Practice use of Ethical Decision-making models for making the best decisions when ethical dilemmas arise.

Brief Description:
How do you protect yourself from malpractice lawsuits? What do you do when you’re confronted with an ethical dilemma? How do you use the ethics code to guide and inform your decisions and avoid violations? What factors must you consider other than the code (i.e., culture, the law, the client, stakeholders such as families, the court, your agency, yourself, etc.)? How do you leverage all these different factors within a situation and make a decision that is in the best interest of your client, does not compromise your values, and that you can stand behind if ever you are questioned by the ethics board or in a court of law?

With becoming a professional helper comes a host of challenges. Some of the biggest issues facing helping professionals surrounds ethical practice. It is not enough to know the ethical codes and guidelines. Even when we have the very best intentions of serving our clients and the community, things can go awry before we realize they are out of control. There are many times we are put in positions with clients, families or other involved groups, that are so complex that while the codes may guide us, ultimately we are the ones that must come up with the solutions on what to do. This can cause varying levels of anxiety for helping professionals.

Using a highly interactive group format, this workshop provides practical information on how mental health providers can leverage ethical best practices to make decisions that are in the best clinical interests of their clients, while also effectively managing personal and professional risks. Utilizing thought-provoking case vignettes and videos, and evidence-based decision making models, clinicians and mental health professionals at varying levels will be challenged to think through ethical dilemmas that arise in various clinical practice settings such as residential, outpatient, and private practice settings. Review of ACA, MFT, and NASW Codes of Ethics will be included.

Education Credits:
5 ethics hours
Approved by LPCA, GSCSW, and GAMFT.

$80, lunch is provided

Please note that registration fees for Skyland Trail professional workshops are nonrefundable.

  • November 15, 2019
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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