Ethics and Boundaries: Working with Refugee Populations

Cultural competence when working with diverse populations is critical. Learn how to deliver culturally competent care to your clients.

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

Program Description

As service providers encounter more diverse populations in their practice, it's important to understand and address the ethical, systemic and practice issues that can arise when serving individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and different cultural backgrounds. These clients may include refugees, immigrants or asylum seekers. They may be adults or children. Some may have left difficult or traumatic circumstances and may be facing a variety of life challenges in their new country.

Using fictitious but typical examples of refugee clients who are referred for psychological testing, we'll conceptualize case scenarios from taking the initial phone call through completing the evaluation and sending out the report. You'll learn how to manage issues prior to the patient's arrival, during the service delivery and after the session. Each section will address the issues that providers will want to understand to deliver ethical and culturally informed services.


Headshot of Todd Sigler

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 and his B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He completed a postdoctoral residency in diagnostic assessment, psychological testing, substance abuse treatment, including participation on a drug court committee, and general rule counseling psychology practice. Dr. Sigler has been in private practice since 2004 and is currently located in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota.