Advanced Ethics: Beyond the Basics
Whether acting as a therapist, a community organizer, policy or legal advocate, social workers have a responsibility to make decisions that are informed by thoughtful and thorough ethical reasoning. Often called the conscience of society, social workers are intimately involved with the details of clients’ lives, practicing at the highly charged intersection of ethical, moral and legal issues. Balancing a need to be sensitive to differences in culture and having a responsibility to confront oppression requires a finely nuanced ability to identify ethical dilemmas and provide sensitive leadership to resolve conflicting points of view. Assuming a basic understanding of ethics, this seminar reviews the framework of an “ethical work-up” to understand and strategize ethical dilemmas. Using the theoretical framework of how to engage people in difficult conversations, complex case examples are employed to explore the challenge of leading patients, families and colleagues through resolving complex ethical dilemmas. Upon completion of this workshop, participants are able to: 1) articulate the challenges to maintaining an ethical practice in the social work field; 2) demonstrate the ability to complete an “ethical work-up” of a complex situation, separating out ethical issues from other practice and logistical aspects; 3) delineate strategies for engaging colleagues and administrators in identifying and exploring ethical dilemmas; and 4) articulate strategies for assessing ethical dilemmas for diverse clientele.
Jennifer Campbell, PhD, MSW, has a consulting practice working with non-profit agencies providing program development, program evaluation, strategic planning, training and grantswriting. She also teaches Ethics at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and coordinates events for the Enhanced Educational Opportunities (EEO) in policy at the school.
Restorative Practices for Social Workers
$125 (see Registration Information for discount information)
“Restorative Practices” is an emerging field of study that enables people to restore and build community in an increasingly disconnected world. The fundamental unifying hypothesis of restorative practices is disarmingly simply: that human beings are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behavior when those in positions of authority do things with them and, rather than to them or for them.” (Wachtel, 2004). This workshop will focus on how restorative practices can be implemented into social work practice with individuals, groups and families. Diversity and the need for equitable treatment of individuals, families and groups will be addressed in discussions of different cultures, beliefs and communication styles. Upon completion of this course, participants will have learned: 1) the basic premises of the theory of restorative practices; 2) how to use affective statements and affective questions; 3) how to use restorative circles; and 4) how to make use of family group decision making. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of post-master’s practitioners. Social workers who provide direct service to individuals, groups and/or families will find these techniques useful.
Kim Vindler, LCSW, is a school counselor/social worker and adjunct instructor at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She provides consultation on incorporating restorative practices into educational and therapeutic environments.
Sex Addiction: Assessment and Treatment
$125 (see Registration Information for discount information)
Out-of-control sexual behavior has received considerable attention in literature and the media in recent years. Clinicians report concern about its definition, diagnostic assessment, and treatment modalities. If it is discovered that habitual out-of-control sexual behavior has the characteristics of other addictions, various theoretical and clinical benefits could follow. If, however, habitual sexual behavior only resembles an addiction superficially, then there are dangers associated with loosely describing the activity in this way. Should repetitive sexual activity resemble impulsive or compulsive disorders, then the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention would be remarkably different. This workshop explores and differentiates similar behaviors which take on different functions and meanings. The field of sexual addiction is relatively young and research and treatment has focused on understanding of the disorder from those who present themselves clinically, primarily heterosexual white men. This workshop speculates about diversity by including religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and cultural issues. More significantly, the diagnosis of sexual addiction challenges what constitutes “normal” sexuality as reflected in social and psychological theory and in diagnosis. Recognizing the cultural relativity and the historical attitudes about sexuality sheds light on the difficulties of establishing “sexual addiction as a diagnosable mental illness." Upon completion of this workshop, participants 1) begin to compare theoretical models of excessive sexual behavior from psychodynamic and cognitive/behavioral theories to traditional addiction models; 2) have an understanding of how cultural attitudes about sexuality affect concepts of sexual normalcy and sexual control; 3) have an historical overview of how sexual disorders in the DSM have changed over time; and 4) enter the debate regarding the current attitudes about sexuality and the formulation of sexual addiction as a mental illness. This workshop is appropriate for post-master’s level practitioners with two or more years of direct practice experience in clinically-focused settings, such as private practice, and D&A and human sexuality counseling.
John Giugliano, PhD, LCSW, specializes in the treatment of “sex addiction”. Dr. Giugliano is an associate professor in Widener University's MSW and Doctoral Programs. He is on the Board of Directors for the Society for Advancement for Sexual Health, SASH; and Editorial Board for the Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. His work and leadership in this field has given him national and international notoriety.