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Professional Ethics

August 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

| $15.00

Human service and criminal justice professionals are guided by a code of ethics that protects all stakeholders – client and practitioner. Reflecting on personal and professional boundaries regularly is shown to prevent ethical violations and provide clarity to professional practice – especially important in the human services & criminal justice field. This 3 hour presentation will describe standards of practice and provide an opportunity to apply the standards for professionals in the human services & criminal justice field including substance use disorders, mental health, peer assisted services and case management. Common problems that interfere with appropriate boundaries will be discussed.

Goal: Engage human services professional in a discussion of ethical practice to explore personal and professional boundaries.


  1. Identify guidelines for ethical practice to avoid boundary violations.
  2. Describe common areas that support appropriate professional boundaries.
  3. Define boundary crossings for human services & criminal justice professionals
  4. Review an ethical decision making model

8:30 Registration

            9:00 – 10:00 AM     Guidelines for protecting professional boundaries

10:00 – 10:30 AM  Supporting Professional Boundaries

         10:30 – 10:45 AM  BREAK

10:45 – 11:30 AM  Boundary Crossings

11:30 – 12:00 PM    Ethical Decision

Questions and Evaluations

Kate Speck, PhD MAC, LADC

Kate has 39 years’ licensed experience in addictions with a Master of Addictions and an MA in Adult Education.  She is Senior Research Manager at the UNL Public Policy Center, and teaches graduate courses in addictions. She has a strong background in prevention and treatment settings, substance abuse prevention/intervention, addiction in families, pregnant and parenting women, and training and education. She is a member of MINT (International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) since 2000, and has provided training and technical assistance nationally in the use of Motivational Interviewing. She is also a Master Trainer for Clinical Supervision, and Suicide Prevention. Kate is currently with the University of Nebraska, Public Policy Center as a Senior Research Manager, working in behavioral health including substance abuse, children’s infrastructure grant, disaster preparedness, gambling, pregnant and parenting women, psychological first aid, and workforce development projects.


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August 8, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Jessica Lecher


Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC
2620 College Park Road
Scottsbluff, NE 69361 United States
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