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221 | Working Ethically with Clients and Agencies When You Have Ideological or Moral Differences

Social Work: Current Developments, Trends, and Best Practices, Thursday 9/14 2:15 – 3:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


David King, D.S.W.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




This workshop will explore strategies for Christian mental health professionals when engaging with clients, organizations, and stakeholders around difficult issues where orthodox Christian beliefs and values of the therapist conflict with client values. Use of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) code of ethics, values-based conversations, moral and ethical decision-making models (Donelson, 2020; Garrigan et al.,2018; Rae, 2018; Singer et al., 2019; Singer et al., 2021) and worldview assessment (Bouma et al., 2022; Chege et al., 2022) will be reviewed and discussed as strategies to engage clients. Participants will explore case examples and identify specific action steps for use in their practice setting.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify specific values and standards from the NASW Code of Ethics to assist in navigating difficult conversations regarding areas of moral or ideological differences in a practice setting
2. Apply three strategies for engaging ethically in challenging conversations with clients, organizations or stakeholders, drawing from worldview, moral development, and ethical and moral decision-making models
3. Develop a personal action plan for responding ethically to a challenging ethical issue or specific case or issue in their practice setting
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