Ethical Dilemmas

Ethical Dilemmas

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Walter Kisthardt, MSW, PhD



Dates and Locations:

Kansas City, MO Columbia, MO
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Morning Session – 8 am – 12 noon
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO
Friday, November 6, 2015
Morning Session – 8 am – 12 noon
Hampton Inn & Suites – Columbia
1225 Fellows Place
Columbia, MO

Registration Fee:


Program Description

This workshop explores the implications for ethical practice across disciplines (social work, counseling, etc.) as we transform to a system emphasizing Behavioral Health outcomes and expanded “professional boundaries” that are often indicated and justified in creative, individualized, collaborative, and innovative interventions that are directed at many levels. In addition to re-considering conventional concepts around ethical practice (confidentiality, informed consent, autonomy, self-determination, non-maleficence, fidelity, conflict of interest, dual relationships, etc.), this workshop includes a critical analysis of the concept of power in the interpersonal helping relationship, and how providers understand their purpose. Group (peer) supervision is explored as an effective and efficient strategy to promote and assure ethical decision making in complex and challenging helping situations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, attendees will able to:

  • Providers will identify and discuss common ethical concepts and principles within the Social Work Code of Ethics; the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics; and the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics.
  • Providers will understand the practice implications for issues around confidentiality, informed consent, potential for exploitation, release of information, duty to warn, and collaborative intervention planning and collaborative documentation.
  • Providers will engage in a critical analysis of power in the helping relationship and integrate this knowledge in the helping relationship to promote service participant goal attainment and social well-being.
  • Providers will explore the goals and process of group supervision and utilize this approach to ensure attention to Ethical practice, with particular attention to creativity, innovation, and expanding the traditional “boundaries” of the helping relationship.
  • Providers will discuss the demands of evidence-informed practice, and practice informed research as important aspects of ethical practice.


Walter Kisthardt, MSW, PhD


Walter Kisthardt, MSW, PhD is currently a professor and director of the new MSW program at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Dr. Kisthardt is one of the original conceptual framers of the Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice. He has provided training and technical assistance with programs and state of offices of mental Health/Substance Abuse in 43 states around the nation over the past twenty years. He has worked with MIMH over the years presenting to the professionals of Missouri and has traveled to England, New Zealand and South Africa to share his knowledge.  His research has focused on evaluating the impact of Strengths Based, Person-Centered, Recovery oriented practice. He is currently engaged in a Training the Trainer project in Kansas to increase the capacity of mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors and case managers to become certified in “Person Centered Case Management.”


Missouri Institute of Mental Health
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned.
MIMH will award up to 3.8 clock hours or 4.5 contact hours (.5 CEUs) for this program.

Missouri Credentialing Board
Approved this training for 3.75 contact hours.

National Board for Certified Counselors
MIMH is an NBCC – Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) No. 6339 and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events (or programs) that meet NBCC requirements. MIMH is solely responsible for all aspects for the program.
3.8 clock hours are offered for this program.


7:30 am Program sign-in, coffee
8:00 Introductions and identification of Goals of the workshop
8:15 Common themes and concepts across disciplines (Social Work and Counseling)
8:45 Limits to confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, conflicts of interest, release of information; transparency, the importance of language (defamation); ethical practice and CARF/Joint Commission Standards; collaboration, partnership
9:30 Break
9:45 The expression of power in the helping relationship: cautions and opportunities
10:30 Goals of group supervision and exercise to illustrate integration of ethical practice in a current helping challenge
11:15 Evidence Informed practice and practice informed research: an ethical component of effective and efficient interpersonal helping
11:45 Wrap up discussion
12:00 pm Adjourn


Special Needs
If you have special needs, we ask that you notify us at 314.516.8419 or as soon as possible. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your needs.

Refund Policy
If you are unable to attend, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. Cancellations received in writing five business days prior to the date of the program will be refunded, less a $25.00 processing fee. You may send a substitute, but we ask that you notify us in writing of this change. If you do not attend or send a substitute, you or your employer will be billed the full registration fee.


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