Ethics and Boundaries Conference 2018
Ethical Decision Making in Rural Mental Health Settings: Reconciling Theory, Ethical Codes, and Reality toward Best Practice.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Mayo Clinic Health System
St Francis (hospital) Building – 2nd Floor
700 West Ave. South, La Crosse, WI
Census data from Wisconsin and Minnesota (Milewski, 2009) suggest many mental health practitioners have fewer local resources leading to greater opportunities for ethical dilemmas. Clinicians practicing in small communities or those isolated by geography face unique ethical challenges due to the increased likelihood of dual relationships, challenges to confidentiality, and limited resources for referral, supervision, or consultation. The ethical challenges for rural therapists are compounded when they also belong to a minority group or a particular faith community. This workshop will focus on increasing providers’ ability to provide ethical clinical practice through reconciling competing ethical principles, exploring creative ways of resolving ethical dilemmas, and movement toward best practices for mental health treatment in small communities. Participants will engage in an exploration of the tensions between ethical principles and rural practice, decision-making theory, and research findings; there will be a special emphasis on participants’ real-world experiences of rural practice through use of pre-submitted cases for discussion.
Who Should Attend?
Social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses and other health professionals.
- Describe ethical decision making models established mental health treatment literature.
- Recognize unique challenges to ethical clinical practice in small communities using guidelines found in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Counseling Association, and the National Association of Social Workers professional codes of ethics.
- Discuss research findings from empirical literature detailing how clinicians practicing in small communities successfully navigate ethical dilemmas.
- Apply ethical decision making models and ethical guidelines to case studies of common dilemmas found in rural practice.
Jennifer Gonyea, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., L.P.C. is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Georgia and practicing marriage and family therapist with Samaritan Center for Counseling and Wellness in Athens, Georgia and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Dr. Gonyea received her doctorate in Child and Family Development and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia in 2005. Her teaching and research areas converge in the areas of training new clinicians in systemic interventions; coupled relationships and relational interventions; program evaluation; and the intersection of technology, physiology, and family functioning as evidenced by her TedX Talk in 2016. Her practice working with couples and families in rural and suburban Georgia as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor as well her small community upbringing prompted her interest in understanding how clinicians manage dual relationships in these communities and how to better train clinicians in ethical decision making.
- 8 a.m. – Check-in and Coffee
- 8:30 a.m. – Overview of Competing Ethical Principles
- 9 a.m. – Ethical Decision Making Theory and the Challenges of Rural Practice
- 10 a.m. – Break
- 10:15 a.m. – The Reality of Managing Dual Relationships in Small Communities
- Noon – Lunch
- 1 p.m. – Your Reality: A Workshop of local Case studies
- 3 p.m. – Break
- 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Integration of Skills through Discussion and Reflection
Advance registration is required and must be received no later than Thursday, February 8, 2018.
- $85 for Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare employees
- $95 for all others
- $15 for APA, NBCC or UW Extension CEU certificates.
Registrations are confirmed either in writing or via e-mail. If you do not receive confirmation before the program, call 608-392-4172.
Registration fees cover tuition, meals, and conference materials. Late registrations will be accepted for an additional $25 for processing. Refunds or cancellations (with the exception of a $25 processing fee) will be given up to February 8, 2018. Cancellations after February 8 will not be refunded. Conference organizers retain the right to cancel the program.
One day: 6.0 CE or .6 contact hours for NBCC, APA, and general CEU's
- University of Wisconsin-Extension CEU's
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- The State of Wisconsin accepts credits for social workers by Continuing Education providers approved by APA Social workers are encouraged to check with their state regulatory and licensing board regarding this program and credits toward their licensee requirements.
- UW-La Crosse is an National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
- UW-La Crosse is authorized to offer APA, NBCC and UW-La Crosse Continuing Education units. It is the responsibility of the attendee to make sure these are acceptable with their institution, agency or affiliation. Certificates will be emailed after the conclusion of the conference.
Contact Cathy Pupp at 608-392-4172 (Fax: 608-392-9416)