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Social workers, counselors, psychologists, therapists –
Earn the continuing education hours you need!

Ethics and Boundaries Programs 

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End of Life Care

September 18, 2014
February 12, 2015

Spirituality & Religion

October 16, 2014

Language & Culture

November 20, 2014

Ethics & Technology

December 11, 2014

Rural Settings

January 15, 2015

Language & Culture

January 29, 2015

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Approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Fulfills the Ethics and Boundaries requirement for professionals following MPSW code. Approval from the American Psychological Association (APA) is pending.

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Attend the locations and dates that suit your needs. An Ethics and Boundaries program is offered each month from September 2014 to February 2015. Locations include Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Hayward and Rhinelander.


4 Contact Hours – $89 per person
6 Contact Hours – $159 per person

Special combined event on September 18 – up to 7 contact hours for $120 per person. More Cost Details

12 Contact Hours – $300 per person when you combine Ethics and Boundaries (January 29 only) with Childhood ADHD.

Ethics and Boundaries

End of Life Care


Nick Smiar

EAU CLAIRE  |  September 18, 2014  |   Register Now
EAU CLAIRE  |  February 12, 2015   |   Register Now

12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sleep Inn and Suites Conference Center

Professionals who work in hospice care or palliative care have intense contact with persons who are facing critical decisions as they see the end of life approaching. This puts into sharp focus the boundaries of the relationships among the professional, the client, and the client’s family. This workshop explores the dimensions of those relationships and the implications for professional ethics in regard to client autonomy, self-determination, information-sharing, advanced directives, assisted suicide, “pull-the-plug” decisions, and other issues. Participants are invited to bring their own scenarios and to engage in small-group exercises in ethical decision making.

Combine and Save

SPECIAL EVENT only on September 18 in Eau Claire

  • Combine Ethics and Boundaries End of Life Care with Hospice Foundation of America’s Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss and receive an $18 discount on the combined price.
  • Video and panel discussion from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by End of Life Care from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Earn up to 7 contact hours for the full day! Please note: The 3 contact hours for Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss require an additional $25 fee paid directly to HFA. See program page for more details.
  • Join us for a networking lunch for an additional $12 fee – or have lunch on your own.
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Ethics and Boundaries

Spirituality and Religion


Nick Smiar

HAYWARD  |  October 16, 2014  |  Register Now
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Flat Creek Eatery

Explore religion and spirituality as they connect and interact with your ethical commitments to clients, to the practice setting, and to the profession. Your religious and spiritual values are integral to your personal identity and must coexist with and be integrated into your professional values. Consideration of a client’s spiritual beliefs and values is an important component of a thorough assessment and a strengths-based approach. It is also an area where boundary crossings and violations may occur. Although social work’s roots are in evangelical Christianity, the professions’ commitments are to client self-determination and respect for diversity, including religious diversity. Today, many social services are offered by religiously affiliated organizations, which may present ethical conflicts and dilemmas as well. Attend this workshop and leave with a decision-making model you can use immediately. Ethical principles will also be applied to a variety of scenarios to see how this model works in real-life situations.

Ethics and Boundaries

Addressing Ethical Issues in Language and Culture


Todd Sigler

CHIPPEWA FALLS  |  November 20, 2014  |  Register Now
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch included)
Avalon Hotel and Conference Center

EAU CLAIRE  |  January 29, 2015  |  Register Now
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch included)
Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center

As service providers encounter more diverse populations in their practice, it’s important to understand and address the ethical, systemic and practice issues that can arise when serving individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). These clients may include refugees, immigrants, asylees or individuals requiring services to be delivered using an interpreter. They may be adults or children. Using a fictitious but typical example of a refugee client from Thailand who is referred for psychological testing, we’ll conceptualize case scenarios from taking the initial phone call through completing the evaluation and sending out the report. You’ll learn how to manage issues prior to the patient’s arrival, during the service delivery and after the session.  Each section will address the issues that providers will want to understand to deliver ethical and culturally informed services. We’ll examine general practices that apply to individuals from any culture with some special attention given to Hmong and other Asian cultures.

Combine and Save – Take the January 29 Ethics and Boundaries workshop with Childhood ADHD and receive $48 off the regular combined price.

Ethics and Boundaries

Professional Ethics and Technology


Nick Smiar

EAU CLAIRE  |  December 11, 2014  |  Register Now
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Clarion Hotel Campus Area

Technology is an integral part of our practice. Discover how it affects how we work and learn how to maintain professional standards as our use of technology expands. You’ll learn how to maintain and improve the quality of technology-related services, incorporate technology into your practice, and continuously monitor and evaluate the ways that you use technology. We’ll also identify professional standards for the use of technology in providing professional services and how to communicate those standards to clients, government regulatory bodies, insurance carriers and others. 

Ethics and Boundaries

Ethical Practice in Rural Settings


Nick Smiar

RHINELANDER  |  January 15, 2015  |  Register Now
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Quality Inn

The rural setting poses unique challenges for social work and counseling practice. With tight social circles, everybody tends to know everyone else’s business, even without trying. Dual relationships often cannot be avoided because of the limited number of persons for roles. Services may be limited or non-existent and the physical environment is not conducive to anonymity. To complicate matters further, the social consequences of ethical violations can be intense. In this session, we’ll explore ethical considerations in rural settings, study a decision-making model and apply ethical principles to some realistic scenarios.


Nick Smiar,
PhD, ACSW, CISW, is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He has been doing ethics workshops for social workers in Wisconsin for the past seventeen years. His MSW specialization was group work and casework, with a focus on psychiatric social work, and his PhD specialization was social welfare and public policy. Dr. Smiar has worked in residential treatment, child welfare, community mental health, and psychiatric hospital settings. He has been a social work educator for more than thirty years. His special interests are ethics in social work, social welfare policy, international social work, violence in care settings, and organizational and community development. Dr. Smiar is a graduate of the Divinity School of The University of Chicago.  He is a Visiting Lecturer in the graduate program in Philanthropy and Development at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Dr. Smiar is a County Board Supervisor for Eau Claire County, president of the board of the Bolton Refuge House (Eau Claire), board member of Western Dairyland CAA, vice president of the board of the Woodland Enhanced Health Services Commission, emeritus board member of Anu Family Services, and Chairperson of the Social Worker Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board. He works in Germany, Austria, and South Africa on a regular basis, doing instruction in risk management and safety enhancement for persons who work with volatile and potentially assaultive clients.

Dr. Todd Sigler is a Licensed Psychologist, a National Certified Counselor and a registrant of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He received his Counseling Psychology M.A. and Psy.D. from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and his B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He completed a postdoctoral residency in diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, substance abuse treatment, including participation on a drug court committee, and general rule counseling psychology practice. Dr. Sigler has been in private practice since 2004 and is currently located in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. 

Registration Information

$89 per person (4 Contact Hours) – Sept. 18, Oct. 11, Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Feb. 12

$120 per person (up to 7 Contact Hours) – Combine Ethics and Boundaries with Helping Adolescents Cope with LossSept. 18 only.
Please note: The 3 contact hours for Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss require an additional $25 fee paid directly to HFA. See program page for more details.

$159 per person (6 Contact Hours) – Nov. 20 and Jan. 29

$300 per person (12 contact hours) – Combine Ethics and Boundaries (Jan. 29 only) with Childhood ADHD.

All programs include instruction, program materials and refreshments. Lunch is included in the fee on Nov. 20 and Jan. 29 only. A networking lunch is available for an additional $12 fee on Sept. 18.

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