“Clinical Ethics: Professional Boundaries and Intercultural Awareness” will be offered December 6, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

B O U N D A R I E S. They’re the hallmark of clinical ethics. They help us to stay true to our purpose and focused on our role as professional helpers. They protect clients from matters that can distract or interfere with getting their needs met. Boundaries uphold the integrity and public trust of the profession.

But boundaries aren’t necessarily universal. Culture, privilege and social location, ethnicity, geography, and socioeconomic class status: these factors can complicate our perception of the right thing to do in any given situation. Is what ways do clinical ethics reflect the worldview of the dominant culture? How do we make sound, client-centered ethical decisions when working with people from non-dominant, oppressed, and marginalized social positions?

Wayne Scott Favicon blueApproved through National Association of Social Workers to satisfy the mandatory requirement for six-hours of continuing education in ethics, this workshop creates a reflective forum for professionals to identify, deconstruct, and address ethical dilemmas that emerge in human services practice with diverse clients.  The workshop reviews the distinction between values, both cultural and personal, and clinical ethics, and introduces a collaborative model for applying critical thinking to the resolution of common and not-so-common dilemmas.

Upcoming Workshop


On Thursday, December 6th, you can attend “Clinical Ethics” at McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon.


GRADUATE STUDENT DISCOUNT: If you are currently in graduate school in a clinical discipline and wish to register, there is a half price discount. Contact Wayne through the website using your school email address to inquire about the special promotional code.

Henri Shields-Lucero, LCSW, MAC has worked in Oregon for the past 15 years providing substance abuse and mental health counseling with adolescents, at risk youth, LBGTQA+ youth, adults and families, veterans, foster parents, and children. He has an MSW from  Portland State University and a CADCIII. A bilingual/bicultural therapist, he has a private practice in Hood River, Oregon.


Tori Lopez, LCSW has delivered workshops on trauma-informed care and understanding and addressing microaggressions. As a bilingual/bicultural clinician she has worked with marginalized and traditionally underserved youth in the public school and criminal justice systems, with an interest in youth of color and LBGTQA+ individuals. She has also been a crisis responder who worked with individuals who struggle with chronic mental illness. She has a BS in Criminology from Southern Oregon University and an MSW from Portland State University.

Since 1989, Wayne Scott MA, LCSW has worked as a family therapist, teacher, and mental health and addictions program manager in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Portland.  He has provided direct practice to high-risk clients as well as clinical supervision to practitioners in non-profit and healthcare settings. His essays and academic articles have appeared in The Art of PsychotherapyDifferential Diagnosis and Treatment in Social WorkThe Psychotherapy NetworkerThe Sun: A Magazine of IdeasThe Oregonian, and Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, among others.