Ethics Workshop
Ethical Self-Care and Cultural Competence for Professionals

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
9:00 am to 12:15 pm Central Time
Vogel Community Room (2nd-floor Learning Commons)
Northwestern College

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Continuing education credit:
3.0 CEU Hours (approved by NASW)

Ethical Self-Care and Cultural Competence for Professionals
Ethical practice is a top priority for social workers nationally.  In today’s climate of extreme division of thoughts, ideas, and opinions, social workers will address some of these issues and work toward increased understanding.

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 the NASW (National Association of Social Work) principals. 

Key concepts:

  • Define ethical standards around our responsibilities as professionals
  • Discuss recent additions/changes to the code of ethics from June 2021 surrounding self-care and cultural competence
  • Define compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout and the impact it has on people in the helping professions
  • Identify the importance of healthy self-care for professionals.
  • Discuss different ways of implementing healthy self-care.
  • Identify professional boundaries and their importance in professional relationships.
  • Process through ways to increase our cultural competence and ethically apply those practices to our clients.

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

Registration closes at midnight  on April 24th. Please email with questions.



Donna Van Peursem - Presenter, Ethics Workshop

Donna L. Van Peursem, LISW
Northwestern College

Donna L. Van Peursem, LISW is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Iowa. She practiced as a clinical social worker for 18 years and is currently an associate professor of social work at Northwestern College, where one of her favorite courses to teach is Social Work Ethics 


Workshop Partnership

The Ethics Workshop is hosted by Northwestern College's social work and graduate & adult learning departments.