"I'm a Social Worker and Having Suicidal Ideation"; Thoughts From an Ethical Perspective

Dates: October 6, 2023

Meets: F from 9:00 AM to 12 N

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230-235

COURSE: $49.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


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This workshop will examine the experience of being a social worker with mental health needs through an ethical framework including the social work code of ethics, state licensing requirements, and reducing risk of harm to the profession. This workshop takes an empathetic and realistic approach to the reality of being a social worker and the impact of trauma on the social worker themselves.


  1. Explore research related to social workers and suicidal ideation from 2000 to present.
  2. Identify 1-2 ethical considerations for seeking health as a social worker.
  3. Identify 1-2 avenues for support and help for suicidal ideation.


SWCE Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing learn@gvsu.edu. Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email learn@gvsu.edu.
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $49.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 49.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 36.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00


A parking pass will be emailed to you two days prior to the event. Please see the link below for maps to Grand Valley State University locations: https://www.gvsu.edu/maps.

Building Address:
Bicycle Factory
201 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Laurie Eldred

Laurie Eldred is a licensed clinical Master of Social Work and Certified Advanced Addiction Drug Counselor who has been in the social worker field since 2004. Laurie seeks to support other social workers struggling with boundaries, self-care and the reality of working in the social work field. Laurie has worked in a variety of social work positions including within the criminal justice system, child protective services, community mental health in both Ionia and Kent County as front line staff and a supervisor, substance abuse treatment, and medical social work. Laurie provides trainings for social workers in the area of self care, substance use, and secondary trauma for front line staff just to name a few. She also provides groups using EMDR-IGTP to address traumatic community incidents. In addition, she provides supervision for interns, new clinical social workers and seasoned social workers. Laurie is also a delegate for NASW Michigan, and volunteers to address criminal justice reform. During her free time, Laurie likes to spend time with her family, listen to true crime podcasts, hike, practice yoga, meditate and read a good book.