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Ethics and Boundaries Programs 

Earn 4 or 6 Contact Hours   |   0.4 or 0.6 CEUs

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Language & Culture

January 29, 2015

End of Life Care

February 12, 2015

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Convenient dates and locations

Attend at the time and place that suits your needs. Ethics and Boundaries programs will be offered monthly between now and the MPSW state reporting deadline.


Contact Hours / CEUs by Profession

Who Should Attend

Social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, school psychologists and other human service professionals.


$89 per person – 4 Contact Hours
(Feb. 12)
$159 per person – 6 Contact Hours
(Jan. 29)

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

All programs include instruction, program materials and refreshments. Lunch is included in the fee on Jan. 29 only.

Ethics and Boundaries

Addressing Ethical Issues in Language and Culture


Todd Sigler

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

End of Life Care


Nick Smiar

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.

Presenter Bios

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. 

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