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This full-day workshop is designed for ethical conduct and ethical decision making, which are ongoing requirements for all social workers throughout their careers, as stated in the AASW Code of Ethics. The workshop contents are based on current research and literature.

Topics to be discussed are:

  • Introductions and an expectations exercise
  • What are values? Values walk activity.
  • What are professional values? What does the AASW Code of Ethics say?
  • What are ethics? What are our ethical responsibilities?
  • Professionalism and ethical behaviour – What happens to the AASW Code of Ethics in practice? Having difficult conversations around professionalism and ethical behaviour in supervision.
  • Models of ethical decision making

The day will also include:

  • Scenarios and small group discussion
  • Opportunity to practice ethical decision making processes in pairs / small groups
  • Further scenarios for discussion, including ethical dilemmas involving other professionals
  • Bringing ethical dilemmas to supervision
  • Trouble shooting – ideas and ways forward
  • Summary, where to from here and Evaluation

Who should attend?

  • Social workers facing ethical dilemmas in the workplace
  • Supervisors wanting tools for ethical decision making

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop participants will:

  • gain an understanding of personal and professional values, value conflicts and how to manage these professionally
  • gain knowledge in how to analyse ethical dilemmas and make informed ethical decisions
  • gain knowledge of different ethical decision making models and tools and how to apply them to real life scenarios
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the values, standards and responsibilities in the AASW Code of Ethics
  • gain an understanding of alternative philosophical perspectives on the nature of ethics
  • gain skills in managing ethical dilemmas as a supervisor

Contact: AASW Queensland Branch on 07 3369 9818 (Fax 07 3217 6938) aaswqld@aasw.asn.au

Meet the Presenter

Amanda Nickson has over 30 years of social work experience in a range of fields – community development, individual and family work, group work, community education, for statutory and non-statutory agencies covering issues as diverse as child protection, juvenile justice, adoptions, health, the Australian Defence Force, homelessness, domestic violence, finance and refugees. She has worked in rural and remote communities as well as metropolitan and regional cities. Amanda has many years of experience as a supervisor and has managed the extra complexities of ethical boundaries and dual roles in small communities. Amanda has taught Professional Values and Ethics at James Cook University for eight years and has expertise in scenario based learning.

Date: Tuesday, 10th April, 9.00am – 5.00pm with registration from 8.45am

Venue: Brisbane Workers Community Centre, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington 4064
Please enter via the Given Terrace carpark. Limited parking available on site, however street parking on Given Terrace or surrounding streets.

Fruit platters for morning and afternoon tea, with a full catered lunch.

Registrations: Click here to register!

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