Ethics Seminar

Ethics Workshop: "Ethical Dilemmas in Addressing Mental Health Populations"

Workshop DetailsDr. Jeff Ashby

Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Registration: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)
Location: Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Conference Center, Rome, GA
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeff Ashby
Continuing Education Contact Hours: 6.0

About the Workshop

The landscape of providing care to people with mental health conditions has changed dramatically over the last few years. Ongoing clinical practice often contributes to a kind of ethical “drift.” In addition, the internet, social media and state law changes have offered new challenges for mental health clinicians — physicians, nurses, social workers and case managers, chaplains, counselors, therapists, psychologists, ethics committees and others such as law enforcement.

This workshop will highlight issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality, boundaries and multiple relationships. Using case studies, vignettes and lecture, professionals will be invited to consider what might be the best course of action in a variety of scenarios presenting ethical dilemmas. Special emphasis will be placed on developing professionals’ understanding of decision-making processes used in arriving at ethical courses of action in the context of a changing world.  

Learning Objectives

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the assumptions and theories behind ethical decision making models
  • Be able to identify and explain a practical model for ethical decision-making
  • Explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality and dual relationships


7:30 - 8:30 a.m. — Registration. Coffee and pastries provided

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (1.5 hours) — Ethical Decision Making Theory; Models of Decision Making; Ethical Dilemmas Case Scenarios for Discussion

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. (1.5 hours) — Informed Consent; Provisions Necessary for Adequate Consent; Informed Consent Case Scenario for Discussion

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Lunch

12:15 – 1:45 (1.5 hours) — Competence and Authority for Care; Determining Competence and Responsibility for Care; Competence/Authority Case Scenario for Discussion

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (1.5 hours) — Confidentiality and Dual Relationships; Privacy and Conflicts of Interest; Confidentiality/Dual Relationship Case Scenario for Discussion

Keynote Speaker Bio

Dr. Jeff Ashby is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University. He is the director of Georgia State’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program, a licensed psychologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor. Dr. Ashby has taught ethics at the graduate level for over 20 years and has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Play Therapy and as an ethics content expert with the state of Georgia Psychology board. He has made over 100 presentations at professional conferences and authored/co-authored more than 80 articles in refereed journals, numerous book chapters and two books.

Continuing Education Credits

Nurses: Floyd Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing education by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider No.  ABNP-1512. To receive the 6.0 continuing education contact hours, attendees must attend the full-day session.

Physicians: The Floyd Medical Center is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Floyd Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support and Disclosure:  No commercial support.  In compliance with FDA guidelines, Dr. Ashby and activity planners have disclosed that no financial relationship(s) exist. Dr. Leonard Reeves, activity reviewer, has disclosed travel/accommodations/expenses covered or reimbursed as employee of MCG.

Social Workers: This workshop is approved for six Related Hours by the National Association of Social Workers.

Counselors: 6 Ethics contact hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA CE Approval #6888-17M).

A certificate will be provided to all other attendees as well at the conclusion of the workshop. This would include chaplains, law enforcement, students, etc.