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Ethics and Boundaries


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The long history of human services professionals is rooted in the core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. We strive to promote these core values in relevant Ethics and Boundaries continuing education offerings.

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Ethics and Boundaries: End of Life in Hospice Care & the Impact of COVID-19

December 9, 2022
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $99

Participants will gain an introduction to hospice care, including its benefits and barriers. The knowledge will help you overcome any resistance to end-of-life conversations. You will also discuss the distinct challenges of COVID-19. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand hospice philosophy
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas at end of life
  • Identify how COVID-19 has impacted hospice care


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Elena Sherr
Elena Sherr graduated from Hunter College in New York with a Master of Social Work degree and certification in the Aging Field of Practice.

Elena is a hospice manager and has achieved Hospice and Palliative Certification. She is a certified End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainer on the topics of Culture, Ethics and Communication.

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Ethics and Boundaries: When Culture Affects Decision Making

January 6, 2023
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In-Person, The Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida Street, Appleton
Fee: $99

This interactive course examines how culture impacts decision making in various treatment settings. Providers are constantly faced with ethical choices resulting in ambiguous outcomes and moral confusion. Understanding cultural concepts enables providers to bridge the difference between themselves and diverse populations. With focused discussion, small group work and applied-practice exercises, participants will address implications of unconscious bias and acquire a better understanding of cross-cultural conflicts. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Examine personal attitudes, values, beliefs and culture
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to cultural differences in interventions with clients and our colleagues
  • Identify professional and ethical obligations within social work, clinical and human services settings


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Sheng Lee Yang
Sheng Lee Yang is the Founder and Executive Director for Us 2 Behavioral Health Care.

She is also a Lecturer at the University of Green Bay, Social Work Department and has been with the department since 2018, teaching both bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. She is an LCSW with practice experience in mental health, substance abuse, policy, and leadership. Sheng has a strong interest in social justice, diversity, inclusion, and poverty.

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Ethics and Boundaries: End of Life Culture/Spirituality

January 20, 2023
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
In-Person, Sheboygan Campus, 1 University Drive, Sheboygan
Fee: $99

This course will explore ethical and boundary issues that can arise when seeking to provide end of life care that is both culturally and spiritually responsive. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the roles privilege, oppression, systemic racism and historical trauma play when clients seek access to such care. We will explore approaches for learning about clients’ healthcare values, beliefs and traditions as well as ethical practices to ensure they are honored. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand the role culture and spirituality play at end of life
  • Articulate the importance of cultural humility and responsiveness in service provision
  • Determine best practices for cultural- and spiritual-related ethical challenges


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Tracy Schroepfer
Tracy Schroepfer, PhD, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work and a recipient of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award.

Dr. Schroepfer serves on the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and the National Quality Foundation (NQF) Geriatric and Palliative Care Standing Committee boards. Dr. Schroepfer’s teaching and research are informed by her former practice as a hospice social worker and prior and current national service.

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Ethics and Boundaries: The Power of Privilege

February 10, 2023
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $99

One way of honoring social workers’ ethical responsibility to broader society is to deepen our understanding of how systemic racism operates in contemporary U.S. society and its implications for the clients we serve. This includes attending to the ways in which racial privilege and power shape social work and our practices. In this class participants will critically analyze the ways in which racism shape social work. We will explore strategies for remaining conscious about racial privilege and for interrupting the misuse of power in our professional lives. Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs.

  • Understand how systemic racism disempowers communities of color and creates unearned power for white society
  • Recognize how power and privilege shape the profession and patterned behaviors
  • Identify strategies for interrupting the exercise of privilege in our own practices

What Animates Emily Drew About This Exploration


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Emily M. Drew
Emily Drew, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University where she teaches courses about racism, white supremacy, education and social change.

Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew is a core trainer and facilitator for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. She currently works with an Oregon coalition for immigrant rights, and is in the process of publishing new research about mixed-status Latino families living “Under One Roof."

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Special Topics

We also offer courses on special topics, developed to promote awareness and sensitivity of cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and neurodiversity.

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