Clinical Ethics

“Clinical Ethics: Professional Boundaries and Intercultural Awareness” occurs Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at the Kennedy School 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.

Wayne Scott Favicon yellowBut 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?

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Approved 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 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.

Danette C. Otto-Gillespie, LCSW, is a therapist, facilitator and public speaker. She obtained a Master’s of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2007.  She has worked in community mental health and private practice, diversity training, quality improvement, mentoring, higher education and research.

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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