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Clinical Ethics Lab: Practical Tools for Ethical Decision-Making
October 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 28, 2021
October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021, 1 – 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Tracy Brazg, M.S.W., M.P.H., M.A., Ph.D., and Danae Dotolo, M.S.W., M.A., Ph.D.
CEs: 12 CEs are available for $10 fee
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This course will provide an introduction to bioethics and offer an opportunity to apply frameworks for ethical decision-making in social work settings. There will be an emphasis on health care settings, however the content is applicable to a broad range of settings. In this interactive course participants will explore their personal and professional values and ethics, learn foundational principles and approaches to ethical decision-making drawn from the field of bioethics, and practice applying these approaches to decision-making in challenging cases. We will move beyond the typical four principles of bioethics (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice), to include a wide range of ethical theories, including critical race, feminist, and intersectional theories. Self-reflection is a key aspect of this course in which we discuss the influences of individual decisions and organizational contexts on social inequities in health and health care. Discretion is key to quality, responsive and compassionate practice in organizations, and yet social workers must operate with a high level of self-awareness to avoid perpetuating personal and institutional biases in these spaces. We will also explore the conditions that create moral distress in practice within organizations and discuss interventions to decrease the impact of moral distress to support social workers and interprofessional colleagues. We will introduce the concept of organizational justice and apply an ethical decision-making framework for organizations to ensure equitable and inclusive policy-making processes and practices. This course encourages participants to come together with curiosity, empathy, respect and a readiness to share knowledge, be uncomfortable and have challenging conversations.
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