Ethics and Culture

Patricia Sherman, Ph.D., LCSW

This workshop will focus on how culture impacts ethical decision making.  What happens when the client’s cultural practice challenges the western-based social work code of ethics?  How can practitioners resolve ethical dilemmas that contain an element of culture within them?  This workshop will explore ethical decision-making processes through application to case examples provided by the presenter, as well as examples shared by participants.


  • Identify when aspects of culture complicate ethical practice.
  • List the processes of ethical decision-making.
  • Practice ethical decision-making in ethical dilemmas involving cultural issues.

Location: Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014                     Time: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Registration and coffee/tea service will take place from 9:00 – 9:30a.m. The training itself will begin promptly at 9:30a.m. Lunch will be provided.

Target Audience: Mental Health Administrators, Clinicians, Self-Help Center Managers/Facilitators, Screeners, and Case Managers. This is a moderate to advanced level training.

CEUs: Social Workers and Counselors will receive 5 CEUs in Clinical, Ethical or Cultural Competence. FAMILYConnections is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (provider #1252) and by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider program (provider #6604).

In accordance with ASWB and NBCC guidelines, all participants must sign-in and sign-out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early.

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Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Training Coordinator, at 973-323-3454.

Registration: Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted mental health agencies and self-help centers until May 23, 2014. After May 23rd, public registrations will be accepted based on space availability for a $25 fee.

Registration for this training is full and has been closed.
To register for the waiting list, please click here.

Please note that in order to maximize the number of agencies benefitting from CultureConnections trainings, we will not accept more than 3 registrants per agency. We ask each agency to coordinate registrations so that no more than 3 individuals register for any given training. If space permits, additional registrations from the same agency will be accepted after the Priority Registration deadline on May 23rd.

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