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Ethics and Boundaries


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The long history of human services professionals is rooted in the core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. We strive to promote these core values in relevant Ethics and Boundaries continuing education offerings.

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Ethics and Boundaries: Mentorship and Ethics and Boundaries

September 15, 2021
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fee: $99

This training (2 hours self-paced + 2-hour session) will apply ethical theories and approaches to the mentoring relationship. Professional codes of behavior will be examined. Participants will actively engage in discussion of concepts, including personal perspectives, that influence mentoring. Ths course is part of our Mentoring Certificate but can be taken as an individual course. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Determine professional codes of behavior for mentoring
  • Explore personal perspective
  • Discuss key concepts of mentoring and ethics


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Joan Groessl
Joan Groessl, Ph.D., serves students primarily in the graduate social work program. Her social work practice experience included twenty years in county mental health services, supervision and administration.

Joan currently serves as chair of the Continuing Education Committee and is a former President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She is President of the Board of the Algoma Medical Center and Long Term Care Unit and was a city alderperson for Ward III. Joan's research interests include ethics, leadership, organizational culture, and interdisciplinary relationships.

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Ethics and Boundaries: When Culture Affects Decision Making

September 24, 2021, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Virtual)
January 6, 2023, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Appleton,Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, 700 Cameron Way, Neenah)
Fee: $99

This interactive course examines how culture impacts decision making in various treatment settings. Providers are constantly faced with ethical choices resulting in ambiguous outcomes and moral confusion. Understanding cultural concepts enables providers to bridge the difference between themselves and diverse populations. With focused discussion, small group work and applied-practice exercises, participants will address implications of unconscious bias and acquire a better understanding of cross-cultural conflicts. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Examine personal attitudes, values, beliefs and culture
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to cultural differences in interventions with clients and our colleagues
  • Identify professional and ethical obligations within social work, clinical and human services settings


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Sheng Lee Yang
Sheng Lee Yang is the Founder and Executive Director for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care.

She is also a Lecturer at the University of Green Bay, Social Work Department and has been with the department since 2018, teaching both bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. She is an LCSW with practice experience in mental health, substance abuse, policy, and leadership. Sheng has a strong interest in social justice, diversity, inclusion, and poverty.

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Ethics and Boundaries: The Power of Privilege

October 1, 2021, April 8, 2022 and February 10, 2023
8 a.m.-12 p.m. (All Dates)
Fee: $99

One way of honoring social workers’ ethical responsibility to broader society is to deepen our understanding of how systemic racism operates in contemporary U.S. society and its implications for the clients we serve. This includes attending to the ways in which racial privilege and power shape social work and our practices. In this class participants will critically analyze the ways in which racism shape social work. We will explore strategies for remaining conscious about racial privilege and for interrupting the misuse of power in our professional lives. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand how systemic racism disempowers communities of color and creates unearned power for white society
  • Recognize how power and privilege shape the profession and patterned behaviors
  • Identify strategies for interrupting the exercise of privilege in our own practices

What Animates Emily Drew About This Exploration


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Emily M. Drew
Emily Drew, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University where she teaches courses about racism, white supremacy, education and social change.

Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew is a core trainer and facilitator for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. She currently works with an Oregon coalition for immigrant rights, and is in the process of publishing new research about mixed-status Latino families living “Under One Roof."

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Ethics and Boundaries: End of Life Culture/Spirituality

December 3, 2021 (Virtual)
May 20, 2022 (In-Person, Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel, 1000 Cameron Way, Neenah)
January 20, 2023 (In-Person, Sheboygan Campus, 1 University Drive, Sheboygan)
8 a.m.-12 p.m.(All Dates)
Fee: $99

This course will explore ethical and boundary issues that can arise when seeking to provide end of life care that is both culturally and spiritually responsive. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the roles privilege, oppression, systemic racism and historical trauma play when clients seek access to such care. We will explore approaches for learning about clients’ healthcare values, beliefs and traditions as well as ethical practices to ensure they are honored. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand the role culture and spirituality play at end of life
  • Articulate the importance of cultural humility and responsiveness in service provision
  • Determine best practices for cultural- and spiritual-related ethical challenges


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Tracy Schroepfer
Tracy Schroepfer, PhD, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and a recipient of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award.

Dr. Schroepfer serves on the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and the National Quality Foundation (NQF) Geriatric and Palliative Care Standing Committee boards. Dr. Schroepfer’s teaching and research are informed by her former practice as a hospice social worker and prior and current national service.

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Ethics and Boundaries: Working with Rural Clients

October 7, 2022
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In-Person, Hotel Marshfield, 2700 S. Central Ave, Marshfield
Fee: $99

This 4-hour workshop will discuss the specific challenges and considerations for ethical social work practice in rural settings. As technology connects more people in different ways, maintaining privacy and healthy boundaries can be increasingly challenging. We will use the NASW Code of Ethics and Reamer's Ethical Decision-Making Model to assess the ways technology and rural social practice intersect. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Identify ethical challenges specific to rural practice and technology
  • Define and understand the differences between confidentiality, privacy and informed consent
  • Discuss and problem-solve dual relationships and their challenges in rural social work practice


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Kate Kipp
Kate Kipp is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Prior to teaching, Kipp worked for fifteen years in public child welfare for a local county.

She also designed, implemented and evaluated the county's criminal justice diversion program. As an advanced practice social worker, Kipp continues co-facilitate social skills groups for children and youth in local CCS programs.

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Ethics and Boundaries: Trauma-Informed Care

November 4, 2022
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In-Person, Sheboygan Campus, 1 University Drive, Sheboygan
Fee: $99

This course is designed to address the continuously evolving definition of trauma, how trauma impacts our mind, body and spirit, as well as effective modalities that help heal the complex symptoms of trauma and toxic stress. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Define trauma and what it means to be trauma-formed
  • Understand how NEAR science has influenced our current understanding of trauma
  • Explore the somatic presentations of unaddressed trauma


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Rachelle Coffey, LPC-IT, MAC
Rachelle has fifteen years’ experience supporting and advocating for prison reform which led her to become a therapist to work with the Compassion Prison Project.

In addition to private practice, she co-owns a healthcare initiative that strives to break the traditional barriers of comprehensive healthcare. She is originally from the country roads of West Virginia where she received both her undergrad and graduate degrees from Marshall University.

Special Topics

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