Virtual Ethics Workshop
Ethics in a Rural Setting

Thursday, June 11th, 2020
9:00 a.m. to noon, Central Time
Virtual training | Join from anywhere!

Cost: $40 
Continuing Education:
3.0 CEU Hours

Ethics in a rural setting
The Virtual Ethics Workshop provides training on current ethical issues in the human services field in the context of rural settings and communities. The training will focus on several key topics: multiple relationships, conflict of interest, privacy and confidentiality, clinical regulation related to ethical behavior, and information sharing regarding standardized and validated assessments. The workshop includes speaker presentations and interactive participant discussions.
Who should attend
This training provides continuing education and guidance for individuals working in the human services field, towards the highest ethical standards as defined by APA (American Psychological Association) and the NASW (National Association of Social Work) principals. 

Training objectives

  • To be informed of current ethical codes and principals, as defined by the APA and the NASW.
  • To raise awareness of when and where a potential ethical situation could be present.
  • To provide participants with practical strategies for addressing ethical situations, unique to rural settings and in the context of their key job responsibilities.
  • To understand brain basics for ethical decision-making.
  • To discuss clinician self-regulation as a prerequisite to ethical behaviors. 

Continuing education credit 
This workshop is 3.0 CEU hours. All attendees will receive a digital certificate for attending the training.

Registration closes at midnight on Tuesday, June 9th. Please email with questions.



Natalie Sandbulte - Presenter, Ethics Workshop

Natalie Sandbulte, Psy.D.   
Clinical Psychologist
Co-owner, Elevate Therapy & Assessment   

Dr. Natalie Sandbulte is a native of Northwest Iowa and has been serving children, adults, and families in the area for the past seven years. Natalie holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Degree, both from Wheaton College. Natalie is a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Iowa. Natalie specializes in psychological testing, with advanced training in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), trauma-related disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and personality disorders.
Natalie is trained in several therapy modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She has experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, trauma issues, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. Natalie also enjoys working with couples and families. 

Annie Downing - Presenter, Ethics Workshop 

Annie Downing, LISW, RPT
Licensed Independent Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist
Co-owner, Elevate Therapy & Assessment

Annie Downing is a native of Northwest Iowa and has been serving children, adults, and families in the area for the past ten years. Annie holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Iowa and a Registered Play Therapist. Annie specializes in working with children and adults, trauma issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, eating disorders, adjustment issues, anxiety, and depression. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Lifespan Integration Therapy.

Val Stokes - Presenter, Ethics Workshop

Valerie Stokes, Ph.D., LISW
Social Work Department Chair and Associate Professor, Northwestern College
Owner/therapist, New Leaf Therapy

Dr. Valerie Stokes joined Northwestern’s social work department after serving as executive director of The Bridge, a transitional housing agency in Orange City. She previously spent seven years as a therapist at Northwestern, including four as co-director of student counseling services. She also has worked as a program supervisor at the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and as a social worker at the Crittenton Center in Sioux City. A licensed independent social worker and licensed master social worker, she holds a doctorate in human development and educational psychology. Dr. Stokes is also the owner/therapist of New Leaf Therapy where she serves individuals and families. 


Workshop Partnership

The Virtual Ethics Workshop is hosted by Northwestern College's social work and graduate & adult learning departments in partnership with  Elevate Therapy & Assessment and New Leaf Therapy.