Clinical Ethics

On April 12, 2017 Volunteers of America will be sponsoring a special offering of this day-long workshop at the New Song Community Church at 220 NE Russell Street. Cost is $110 and all proceeds go to the Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship which is awarded to high school seniors in Oregon from families affected by alcohol or drug addiction.  If you have any questions or you would like to register large groups, please contact Alex Rice at

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?

Approved through ACCBO 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 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. See Ethics training flier.

"Version 3"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 Psychotherapy, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment in Social Work, The Psychotherapy Networker, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, The Oregonian, and Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, among others.


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