Studying ethical behavior in the research setting leads to some surprising insights, notably, we humans are remarkably similar in the way we construct our moral codes and remarkably inconsistent in how we apply them.
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How we solve our moral dilemmas
Research in economics, social science, and biology tells us that our ethical behavior is complex, and our deepest motivations are not easily understood. Human history, though, provides ample evidence that by learning more about what we believe and why can give us more control over our moral behavior, allowing us to become better, more ethical people.
This presentation will be about the biological origins of “ethical” behavior. The purpose of the day is to help each participant understand the roots of why we believe some acts are moral and some are not and how our brains complicate efforts to solve moral dilemmas.
- Describe several ways that experimental scientists study morality
- Explain the unconscious, yet persuasive nature of making moral choices
- List the 5 components of the moral mind
- Analyze how individuals disengage from their ethical standards
This program satisfies the Wisconsin Social Worker’s Ethics and Boundaries requirements for licensing.
Who should attend
Social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, school psychologists, and other human service professionals
Dr. David Mays (MD, Ph.D.) is a forensic psychiatrist and directed the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI for 13 years. He serves on the clinical faculty at UW–Madison. Dr. Mays is the recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Dane County, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He has treated patients in hospital and outpatient settings with co-morbid substance use problems for 20 years. He is a seasoned clinician and highly sought-after presenter.