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Subpoenas: What Social Workers Need To Know
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Ellen gave an outstanding presentation to my MSW class on the Ethical Dimensions of Informed Consent. Her presentation was very thorough, interesting, and informative and the MSW students were highly engaged. I highly recommend Ellen as an Ethics trainer as presenter, trainer, and consultant.

Susan, Adjunct Professor at U of M School Social Work

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Educational Workshops

The workshops provided are starting points and can be adapted to work with the desired focus.

Common Pitfalls in Social Work Practice

The common pitfalls in social work practices.

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Developing Informed Consent Forms:
What Social Workers Need to Know

This workshop explores the ethical and logistical issues with informed consent utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics to help guide the discussion. Participants will review and discuss what content should be considered in the development of an effective informed consent document.

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How Does the NASW Code of Ethics Guide 
Us In the Area of Social Justice?

This workshop will help us explore our individual definition of social justice as well as address the many questions that arise in our role as social workers in the arena of social justice. We will discuss how the Code of Ethics guides the discussion around social justice and social work practice, as well as address any limitations that may be present with these guidelines.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to identify their own biases that may impact their work, how to overcome those biases, and create a positive ripple effect in society as role models for social justice.

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Loss and Grief Associated with Childhood 
Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

This workshop reviews what loss and grief are and addresses their relevance from the time of diagnosis, regardless of prognosis. In addition, it discusses statistics and different types of childhood cancer. A brief overview of complementary therapies for cancer treatment is presented. Based on the literature and Ellen’s personal experience of having a child diagnosed with cancer, this seminar identifies the different emotions associated with loss and grief related to this experience. It also offers tips and tools to navigate the difficult journey of having a child with cancer. 

(For professionals this piece is added: Utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics and Social Work standards for palliative care and work in health care settings, case examples from the presenter and participants are discussed.)

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The Role of Our Autobiogrophy in Coping with Loss and Grief

We each go through a grieving process for any loss based on our experiences in life so that the process is unique for us as individuals. Influences on our grieving include the nature of the loss, our family history around dealing with loss, religious upbringing and influences, cultural influences, and societal norms. People often bring their grief to the workplace or into other relationships in ways that can be harmful if we do not do the work to understand and take responsibility for our grief process. Participants will leave the presentation with tips on effectively understanding where they are in their own grieving process, what their autobiography is about loss and grief, and how to take responsibility for their grieving process to avoid negatively impacting all areas of their lives.

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Ethical and Legal Issues in Domestic Abuse for Social Workers

This seminar provides a quick review of domestic abuse. The bulk of the seminar will look at ethical and legal considerations for social workers around domestic abuse including, but not limited to: elder abuse, child abuse, and spousal abuse. Utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics, case examples from the presenter and the participants are discussed and evaluated.

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Ethical Issues in Divorce and Custody

This seminar provides an overview of the legal definitions of divorce, custody, and parenting time. Topics covered include an introduction to subpoenas, informed consent, and challenges for social workers in divorce and custody cases to overcome. Utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics, ethical issues in this area will be addressed. Case examples from the instructor and participants are used.

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Legal and Ethical Issues with Informed Consent and Telehealth

This workshop provides an overview of some of the legal and ethical considerations for social workers regarding informed consent in general. The overview will be followed by a discussion of Telehealth and Informed Consent utilizing the NASW Code of Ethics (2020) and keeping federal and state laws in mind. In addition, we will review an Informed Consent Form and a Telehealth Informed Consent form as an addendum to general informed consent. Please bring your questions.

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Navigating the Social Work Ethics Maze:
The 5 Pillars for Consideration

In this workshop, we explore the 5 Pillars model, which includes: Scenario Facts, Identifying Code, Relevant Laws, Policies and Procedures, and Case Documents using case examples and using the current NASW Code of Ethics (2020). Participants gain confidence with how to look at ethical dilemmas from a broad perspective.

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Screening for Domestic Abuse:
Exploration of Tools and the Role of Ethics

The focus of this webinar is to explore screening tools for domestic abuse. We will take an in depth look at screening tools and identify makes a good tool; what makes a tool too short or too long. The presenter will share a tool she has prepared. In addition, participants will look at the NASW Code of Ethics and how it guides social workers in this area.

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Grief, Loss, and Healing

Loss is inevitable. In life, we lose loved ones, relationships, opportunities, independence, cognitive functioning, and physical abilities. Grief is the common process we experience as a result of our loss. The grieving process is different for each person–– there is no “normal” time frame for healing. Additionally, our healing is impacted by a our emotional constitution, culture, socioeconomic status, spiritual beliefs, and overall well-being. 

This workshop will explore the commonly accepted five stages of grief that people are most familiar with––denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance––and the myriad of other emotions, such as shock, disbelief, and becoming stuck, that can be part of the grieving process. Participants will walk away with a toolbox that fits who and where they are in their life long journey through grief.

(For professionals: This workshop will focus on current treatment modalities, practical case studies, and the presentation of skills and techniques to equip providers with the tools necessary to aid their clients with processing, understanding, effectively coping with, healing through, and accepting their grief experience.)

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Legal and Ethical Issues With Medical Marijuana 6 hours (includes 3 hours Ethics)

This seminar is a brief introduction and overview of this often controversial topic. We will cover the brief history of the cannabis plant and where it came from, when regulation started and why, the current state of Federal Law, and the current state of Michigan (or State) law. In addition, the NASW Code of Ethics will be looked at for how it guides social workers in this area. Case examples from the instructor and participants are used.

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Safety Planning in Domestic Abuse Cases 
and the Role of Ethics

This webinar will explore safety planning for clients and for social workers in domestic abuse cases. Safety planning guidelines and tools will be explored and provided by the instructor. In addition, participants will look at how the NASW Code of Ethics guides social workers around safety planning.

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Success Principles for Social Workers: A Self-Care Workshop

This workshop explores some new ideas for taking care of ourselves both professionally and personally. When we take care of ourselves personally, we also take care of ourselves professionally. We will explore the idea of E + R = O and taking responsibility for our self-care. We will also discover at how the current NASW Code of Ethics (2020) guides us in this area. (This workshop can be geared to any professional really and adapted according.)

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