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Ethics and Boundaries: Power and Bias

Take a journey to provide light and clarity; removing the blindfold of bias

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Nov. 18, 2022 8:30am to 12:30pm
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The impact of personal bias

Emotions impact the decisions we make, including the ‘good’, the ‘bad’, and the ‘ugly’ influencers that rest in the deep areas of our mind: heuristics. We say we are not biased individuals but the reality; our underlying thoughts and emotions are based on preconceptions and lived experience. We will take a deep dive into the cognitive biases that are subconsciously impacting your decision making, your role as a helper, and may be blinding you from making the best decisions. We will explore how these biases affect your personal relationships, judgments regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the day-to-day responses in working with others.  

Learning Objectives:   

  • Gain an understanding of heuristics.  
  • Explore and interpret personal cognitive biases that affect decision making.  
  • Examine personal biases to improve self-awareness in the role of helper.  
  • Develop and enhance interventions with clients from differing identities and cultures than oneself.  
  • Demonstrate understanding of the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct (MPSW 20), ethical principles, and boundaries applied to specific ethical dilemmas when confronting ethical challenges by co-workers, utilizing the Nine Step Ethical-Decision Making Model.  

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


  • Dana Johnson, MSW, holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a social worker in the State of Wisconsin. He has over 12 years of direct practice and senior level management experience in county human services, educator at the undergraduate and graduate level, and owner of a training and consulting business. His experience in organizational leadership, direct supervision of staff, conducting agency and culture change, policy analysis, continuous quality improvement and organizational effectiveness; enhances multiple tiers of agency culture change. His areas of expertise include leadership development, innovation, human services and reform, ethics and boundaries, trauma-informed practice, and diversity, equity and inclusion. He has provided non-profit and public sector organizations transformative training in his areas of expertise for over a decade. 

CEU Information

Participants will earn 4 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 children and adults 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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