Ethical Dilemmas Café
9-Jul-2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room 301, Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1E9

Registration is Full! Stay tuned for upcoming ethics events

This exciting workshop & professional development opportunity, facilitated by  Dr. Merlinda Weinberg, will focus on ethics and the struggles social work practitioners are experiencing.

The workshop will invite participants to discuss real situations and offer feedback and support for how to handle these ethical dilemmas. Participants will examine the difficult choices between alternative actions, none of which is without disadvantages, related to harms, benefits and rights.

Social workers often feel as though there are few places to discuss complex ethical issues. Given the neoliberal environment, supervision is primarily administrative with little time for discussion of any clinical issues. Even when organizations have forums for ethics discussions (such as the hospital), research has found that workers do not use those venues for a variety of reasons, such for fear of being reprimanded, thinking the circumstances do not justify the use of something that “serious,” worry about liability or being perceived as an ineffective or unethical social worker.

This workshop format was developed by Durham University Centre for Social Justice and Community Action in Durham, United Kingdom and will allow social workers to dive deeper into ethical dilemmas in a safe supportive space.

Participants will earn 2 and a half ethical hours. This workshop
 is limited to 15 participants.
Registration has reach capacity- stay tuned for upcoming ethics events!

Questions? Contact Annemieke Vink at 

About Dr. Merlinda Weinberg:

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg is a professor in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University. She has an MSW and was a practicing social worker for over 25 years before obtaining her Ph.D at OISE/ U of Toronto. Research interests include ethics in social work practice, and the impacts of neoliberalism and diversity on professional ethics. She has recently published a book entitled Paradoxes in Social Work Practice. Mitigating Ethical Trespass and has a website on ethics:

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada short-listed Dr. Weinberg in 2008 as the top new researcher in Canada and she was awarded a Senior Fellowship at Durham University in 2017.

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