The Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships (½ or 1 day)

Ethics are at the heart of competent and effective practice for anyone in the helping field.  It is very common for anyone working in the social services field to encounter ethical dilemmas. This workshop is designed to give individuals and organizations an opportunity to review common principles and standards for ethical practice that are relevant for their settings. Participants will practice using an ethical decision-making process to work through common areas of ethical concerns and leave with a stronger awareness of their own ethical base.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Building Ethical Competence
  • Your Personal Code
  • Common Principles in Helping Professions
  • An Ethical Decision Making Process
  • Confidentiality
  • Informed Consent
  • Helper and Client Boundaries
  • Cultural and Diversity Competence
  • Ethical Technology
  • Personal Mission Statements
  • Writing an Agency Ethical Code

1 day version
The 1 day version of this training is designed to be more discussion-based oriented than the half day version.

Half day version
The half day version of this workshop covers much of the same theory as the 1 day version, but there is less of an emphasis on case study review and discussion

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study exercises, and small group discussion.

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, social service and health care professionals, and anyone working in the social service profession.

Learning Objectives

 At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define the concept of ethics and how it applies within the helping profession.
  • Describe the common values and principles that guide codes of ethics in helping professions.
  • Identify steps in a process for ethical decision-making.
  • Describe common ethical considerations for boundaries and cultural competence in the workplace.