Addressing Ethical Issues in Language and Culture

As health and human 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).

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development | Human Services | Health Care
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Ethics and Boundaries

Who Should Attend

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

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Program Description

Cultural competency training

When serving clients from diverse backgrounds sometimes additional accommodations such as an interpreter could be helpful in order to provide quality care. Depending on the various situations, you may want to examine how to approach your overall treatment.

This program is based on real-world clinical experiences that the instructor, Dr. Sigler, has encountered in his career. You will work through common scenarios regarding refugees, immigrants, and asylees clients to illustrate various boundaries and ethical considerations.  

During this training you will:

  • Conceptualize case scenarios from taking the initial phone call through completing the evaluation and sending out the report.
  • Learn how to manage issues prior to the patient’s arrival, during the service delivery and after the session.  
  • Address the issues that providers will want to understand to deliver ethical and culturally informed services. 
  • Examine general practices that apply to individuals from any culture with some special attention given to Hmong and other Asian cultures.


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. Dr. Sigler has been in private practice since 2004 and has extensive experience working with refugee clients.