March 28th, Ethics and Issues in the Helping Professions


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Facilitator: Deborah Glasscock, PhD, LCSW

Deborah Glasscock, PhD, LCSW has worked in the fields of education and human services for 30+ years. Her social work experience began at age 5, helping her missionary parents visit and distribute clothing to the poorest of the poor, living in the interior of Mexico for a year and then working across the border. Her professional experience includes working with the Oglala Lakota Sioux people in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has gone on over 3,000 home visits in her career, taught parenting classes to court-ordered domestic violence offenders, and served as an outpatient mental health counselor for over 10 years. Deborah has taught at George Fox University-Boise for 3 years and at NNU for the past 5 years; teaching a range of subjects including Ethics, Policy, Research, Nonverbal Communication, Assessments, and Practice. Her doctoral dissertation was recently published in ProQuest, Spiritual Abuse Among Cult Ex-Members: A Descriptive Phenomenological Psychological Inquiry, and she is scheduled to present her research results at an international conference in Montreal, Quebec, this summer.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define ethics in both comparison and contrast to virtues, values, morals, and legality.
  2. Explore the history and development of professional ethical codes.
  3. Understand professional codes of ethics as guidelines in an ethical decision-making framework.
  4. Discuss the challenges of balancing self-determination with dominant cultural expectations.
  5. Experience the importance of confidentiality and informed consent through a learning activity.
  6. Increase self-awareness of ethics through a self-assessment.
  7. Practice use of colleagues as valuable resources in ethical decision-making.


When: Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Time: Doors open at 9:00 am Training workshop from 9:30-11:30 am
Location: Boise State University, Interactive Learning Center (ILC Rm. 202)
Parking: Brady Garage (2.25 flat rate – Select “Social Work Training”)

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Cost: Free to members and $20 at the door for non-members (any master’s level or higher mental health professional is welcome). Registration and/or renewal of membership can be done online by clicking HERE