Topics in Social Work Ethics: Self-Care, Supervision, and Self-Determination

Dates: February 16, 2024

Meets: F from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: ONLINE - Live

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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You will receive 2.5 Ethics CE credits for attending this course.

A second part of this workshop will take place on March 15th for an additional 2.5 CE credits, totaling 5 CE credits for attending both. Attending both workshops is not required to receive 2.5 CE credits.

This training provides social workers with an exploration of key ethical considerations in their profession. Participants will explore the concept of self-care as an ethical imperative, learning strategies to prevent burnout, maintain personal well-being, and ultimately provide more effective support to clients. Participants will also develop insights into the role of supervision in ethical practice, learning how to seek and provide guidance in challenging situations, promote accountability, and ensure the highest standards of client care. Lastly, participants will review the delicate balance between promoting client autonomy and adhering to ethical guidelines. Through case studies and discussions, participants will learn strategies to empower clients in decision-making while upholding ethical principles and ensuring their well-being.


  1. Understand the importance of self-care in maintaining ethical standards.
  2. Enhance ethical decision-making through effective supervision.
  3. Empower client self-determination while respecting ethical boundaries.


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


The Zoom link for the course will be emailed to you two days prior to the event.

Joshua Bishop

Joshua has worked in human services for nearly 20 years. His clinical experience is in trauma treatment, congregational social work, and youthwork. He is trained in three evidence-based practices for trauma treatment: CPT for PTSD, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT. His quantitative research interests are generosity, volunteerism, adverse childhood experiences, trauma education, and trauma treatment.

MSW Michigan State University (2013)
PhD Michigan State University (2019)