July 06, 2010

‘Applied Ethics in Action’ training set for July 22

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Rehabilitation Institute, and Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development are offering a professional development opportunity to the community.

“Applied Ethics in Action,” a collaborative training opportunity, is set for 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 22 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 150 E. Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale.

“Ethics serve as the foundation for professional practice in the human service disciplines: rehabilitation counseling, marriage and family counseling, social work and psychology,” said John J. Benshoff, rehabilitation professor and director of the Rehabilitation Institute at SIUC. He will lead an interactive session and speak about applied ethics during the seminar.

Participants in the training event will explore the latest trends and current issues relative to professional ethics and how to identify the basic principles of ethical dilemma resolution, as well as identifying and evaluating their personal decision-making. They will learn about advocating for their clients ethically and discuss recognizing their responsibility in influencing agency regulations, legislation and government accountability. Using the Code of Ethics for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors as an illustrative model, those in attendance will enhance their familiarity with the importance and functions of ethical codes, too.

“Ethical behavior was a highlight of Paul Simon’s life and career. I think he would approve of anything that would help foster it and enable others to maintain their own personal and professional standards,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and one of the program’s speakers. He will present “Foundations of Integrity and Character: Everyday Decision Making/Applying the Ethical Test” at the training.

Chancellor Rita Cheng will address participants, as will Kimberly J. Sanders, director of the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development. Those attending will also learn of the ethics of professional advocacy from John S. Jackson, visiting professor with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. A panel discussion and lunch are included as well.

The registration deadline is July 14. To register, or for more information, e-mail dlowe@rural.siu.edu, call 618/453-1262 or visit the website www.crhssd.siuc.edu. The event is limited to the first 100 people to register. The cost to attend is $75.

Social workers, licensed counselors, certified rehabilitation counselors and certified drug and alcohol counselors can earn five Continuing Education Units for attending the conference.