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Social Worker and Professional Counselor Workshops

The Boundaries and Ethics of Ethical Decision-Making

Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
Time: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (with two 10-minute breaks)
Location: Oak Park Place (2205 Midway Rd., Menasha, WI 54952)
Presented by: Paul Perales, MSW, LCSW
Fee: $99
4.5 CEHs/0.4 CEUs

We make ethical decisions every day in our professional and personal lives. What informs and guides our decision-making? How do we make ethical decisions?

This workshop is for human service providers who want to increase their ability to make sound ethical decisions in practice, professional/non-practice settings, and their personal lives. Using the code of ethics frameworks for NASW, AAMFT, and ACA, along with ethical decision-making models, participants will learn to make informed ethical decisions to better help the individuals, groups, and agencies in which they work.

When providers and organizations make ethical decisions, their clients, interdisciplinary team members, and the public trust increases for human services. Following an ethical decision-making model may also minimize their risk for grievance, censure, and litigation.

Participants in this discussion and case illustration-based workshop will use their existing knowledge, in addition to a review of recent updates, of ethical frameworks to explore and examine their practices to solidify their ethical decision-making. Attendees will take away methods and tools to help bolster their ethical decision-making process.

Learning Objectives

  • Review foundational concepts of ethics and ethical decision-making to better understand what informs ethical decision-making.
  • An ability to articulate the values and principles of NASW, AAMFT, and ACA code of ethics latest revisions.
  • Attendees will engage and explore their personal values in an exercise to help bring them awareness of how these inform their decision-making and relate to or conflict with their professional codes of ethics.
  • Participants will be able to identify and document an ethical decision-making process for use in their professional and personal lives.

Participants will:

  • Be presented with concepts of ethics and models of ethical decision-making.
  • Identify their professional and personal values guiding ethical considerations and decisions.
  • Review latest updates from professional codes of ethics for NASW, AAMFT, and ACA to include technology, social justice, and dual relationships.
  • Practice implementing an ethical decision-making model and discuss the process for content and internal processing.

Trainer Biography

Paul Perales, MSW, LCSW

Paul Perales, MSW, LCSW, is a Director of Psychological Health for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, an item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards, and a thinker on the topic of ethics. Paul’s work includes a focus on working with LGBTQ individuals, trauma recovery, couples, men’s health, the military, public safety, ethics, and macro-level systems interventions at the international, state, and community levels. He enjoys the outdoors, cooking, working out, learning, and spending time with his family.

CEH/CEU Requirements: For the March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2023 biennium30 continuing education credit hours are required. Of those, 4 credit hours must be in social work ethics and professional boundaries.

Social work training programs sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin Alliance for Social Worker Continuing Education will be accepted by the State of Wisconsin as continuing education hours. Full attendance at the workshop will earn continuing education hours.

  • Professional Counselor CEH: The UW Oshkosh Department of Counselor Education, accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Program (CACREP) has approved these workshops for continuing education hours.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Workshop participants can receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their full participation in each workshop.

In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling our office.

Student Rate: Students currently enrolled in the UW Oshkosh Social Work Program may register at a reduced rate of $25. You must register using your UW Oshkosh email address and include your seven-digit student ID number.

Registration Deadlines: The registration deadline for each of the workshops is 10 business days before the program starts. After this date, please call the UW Oshkosh Division of Online and Continuing Education at (920) 424-1129 to determine program availability.

Credit and debit card payments will only be accepted electronically. OCE will no longer accept credit and debit card payments via phone, mail, or fax.

Questions and More Information: Questions concerning registration and program content should be directed to the Division of Online and Continuing Education, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8623. Please call (920) 424-1129.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received 10 business days before the program will receive a full refund, minus a $35 processing charge. No refunds will be given for cancellations received less than 10 business days before the program. UW Oshkosh reserves the right to cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment, as well as the right to limit enrollment due to excessive demand. UW Oshkosh is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. If you need special assistance and/or accommodations, please notify us by the registration deadline. All requests will be kept confidential.

Program Manager: The program manager for these workshops is Jason Hubbard. We are continuously looking for new and diverse program ideas. You can contact Jason at (920) 424-1129. You may also email him at

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