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Ethics and Boundaries: Working with Immigrant and Refugee Populations

Cultural competence when working with diverse populations is critical. In this online program, you will learn how to deliver culturally competent care to your clients while being cognizant of professional boundaries.

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Nov. 21, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Understand the cultural challenges of working with immigrant populations

For a provider to understand potential ethical and boundary issues when serving refugees and immigrants, they must understand the different cultural backgrounds of their clients. You will learn about the differences between refugees, immigrants, and asylees. In this program, you will learn about the current refugee and immigrant populations in Wisconsin. Additionally, we will provide basic background information on the countries and cultures of the current Wisconsin refugee population. While working with refugee populations, you will likely work with an interpreter, bringing up additional ethical challenges.

Working with refugees and immigrants often requires changes in practices/policies at human services agencies to meet federal and state law and professional guidelines. Some of the major changes facing many human services agencies when serving refugee and immigrant populations will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of the ethics of the helping professions. 
  • Develop a better understanding of using ethically based decision-making in service delivery and supervisor and program development. 
  • Understand the concept of healthy and appropriate boundaries in the helping professions. 
  • Identify key ethical and boundary issues encountered when working with refugee populations in Wisconsin. 
  • Understand cultural factors for several refugee groups in Wisconsin which impact service delivery and the helping professions. 
  • Learn skills which can be used when encountering ethical decisions and boundary identification situations in their work with refugee populations. 

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

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Who should attend

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


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    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.

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 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.

Cancellation Policy

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a program, we’ll give you your money back.

If your program is 14 or more days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program – no charge!
If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

If your program is less than 14 days away:
You may transfer once to any currently available program, plus a 20% transfer fee.
If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.

If you are registered and do not attend the program, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund or transfer requests must be submitted via email or phone call to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education.

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