Ethics and Boundaries: Spirituality and Religion

Explore religion and spirituality as they interact with your ethical commitments to clients, the practice setting, and the profession.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development Human Services
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Denise Sprunk, Human Services program participant

Program Description

Explore religion and spirituality as they interact with your ethical commitments to clients, the practice setting, and the profession. Your religious and spiritual values are integral to your personal identity and must coexist with your professional values. Consideration of a client’s beliefs and values is an important component of a thorough assessment and a strengths-based approach. It is also an area where boundary crossings and violations may occur.

Although social work’s roots are in evangelical Christianity, the professions’ commitments are to client self-determination and respect for diversity, including religious diversity. Today, many social services are offered by religiously affiliated organizations, which may present ethical conflicts and dilemmas as well. Attend this workshop and leave with a decision-making model you can use immediately. Ethical principles will also be applied to a variety of scenarios to see how this model works in real-life situations.

Instructors

Headshot of Nick Smiar

Nick Smiar, Professor Emeritus of Social Work at UW-Eau Claire, has been doing ethics workshops for seventeen years. Dr. Smiar has worked in residential treatment, child welfare, community mental health, and psychiatric hospital settings. He is also a graduate of the Divinity School of The University of Chicago, 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, and Chairperson of the Social Worker Section of the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board.