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Ethics and Boundaries: Meaning and Spirituality

This program explores the role of spirituality in mental health and the importance of recognizing its significance for clients. This program will also help providers recognize their own biases and beliefs while maintaining therapeutic boundaries.

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Sept. 26, 2024 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Stress and anxiety are leading causes of physical illness and professional dysfunction in the United States. One effective approach for increasing resilience is finding meaning in day-to-day life. For many people, meaning is found through spirituality.

Recognizing the importance of religious and spiritual beliefs for our clients is an important component of a mental health assessment. Many providers are uncomfortable bringing up the topic of spirituality and are uncertain about the best ways to maintain therapeutic boundaries. 

This presentation is designed to increase sensitivity to the spiritual aspects of our clients’ lives and provide ideas on how to work with these often sensitive and personal issues. In addition, learning how to assess ourselves can prevent problems with poor performance, boundary crossings, and personal health.

Learning Objectives:    

  • Investigate spiritual concerns and strengths in clients
  • Discuss common boundary problems around spiritual issues
  • Gain clarity in understanding how issues of spirituality are personal and require a focus on trust and interest on the part of the therapist

This program meets Wisconsin Ethics and Boundaries continuing education requirements for human service professionals.

Who should attend

Human service professionals such as social workers, professional counselors, therapists, and psychologists.


  • Headshot of David Mays

    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.

CEU Information

Participants will earn 2 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages individuals with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

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Fee includes online interactive instruction and digital materials.