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Are you tired of attending the same old ethics training year after year?  So were we!  As a result we have expanded our training offerings to include new ethics topics and approaches, as well as training specifically for supervisors and agency administrators.    Here is our current list -- stay tuned for more!

  • Beyond the Basics:  Real Life Ethics for Child Welfare Professional
  • Ethical Supervision
  • Ethical Program Management
  • Ethics and Cultural Competence
  • The Best Interest of the Child:  Ethical Dilemmas

Beyond the Basics: Real Life Ethics for Child Welfare Professionals
This course is for child welfare workers and supervisors who want to learn more about solving ethical dilemmas in the day-to-day, complex world of child welfare work.  Participants will be able to resolve common ethical practice dilemmas using a model of ethical decision-making.  Ethical issues in co-worker  and supervisory relationships are also addressed.   A code of ethics for child welfare professionals is introduced.

Ethical Supervision
This course focuses on the role of the supervisor in assuring ethical practice. Attention is given to the relationship between evidence-based practice and ethical practice.  Ethical issues in co-worker  and supervisory relationships are highlighted.  The training emphasizes reflective supervision and inter-organizational consultation as a way of assuring ethical practice.   Examples can be used from child welfare, family support, mental health or other human services settings.

Ethical Program Management
This training focuses on the development and implementation of new programs that reflect a strength-based family centered philosophy.   "Parallel process" is emphasized, in which organizational and administrative relationships model the same strength-based approaches programs expect staff to use with families.   Topics covered include staffing, human resources, funding, managed care and program planning. The presenter draws from current research and professional experiences in sharing a model for successful program development.

Ethics and Cultural Competence
This training focuses on the NASW Code of Ethics standards for culturally competent practice as well as the relationship of cultural competence to other NASW ethical standards.  Cases are introduced to explore potential bias in assessing and responding to diverse families and to underscore the ethical hazards of individual and/or organizational cultural incompetence. 

The Best Interest of the Child Ethical Dilemmas

Professionals who work with children know that acting in "the best interest of the child" is easier said than done.  Decisions must be taken in the face of conflicting ethical standards among the professions, competing claims about who knows best and what is best, and differing needs and desires of parents, grandparents and children. This workshop explores the ethical tensions in the standards and seeks practical approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas around work with children. 


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