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Webinar 1 - Thinking Critically About Professional Ethics Cost: $150.00 (no HST charged) Thursday October 3 & 10, 2019 from 12pm to 1:30pm PT

(Please scroll down for information about Webinar 2.)
Karma Guindon's Edgy Ethics
This webinar is the first 3-hour interactive, online offering in the Edgy Ethics series and is delivered in 2, 1.5-hour sessions. In addition, participants are asked to review their Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in preparation for the seminar. (Continuing education credits = 4).

Karma will present a critical overview of the historical context, theories, and assumptions that inform professional ethics, embodied in codes of ethics, in the context of a complex, global, and interrelated world. It concludes with a brief overview of alternative ethical approaches that complement professional ethics.

Learning objectives:
- recognise how the Code of Ethics and our thinking about ethical practice are connected to theoretical and social contexts
- identify strengths and limitations of moral theories that inform professional ethics
- begin to appreciate how alternative and complementary ethical approaches connect with dominant professional ethics and ethical practice

Karma values your perspectives and will send you a survey to gather your feedback on the course after Part 2 of the seminar.

Please click on the button below to register. Please note that you must attend both days of the seminar.

IMPORTANT: Once you have paid for the seminar through PayPal, you Must select the "Return to Merchant" button to be sent to the course registration page. (This button is located at the bottom of the page.) Once there, fill in the required information and you will be sent to a page that confirms your registration and will send you a link and password to the seminar. You should receive these in an email. If you have any questions, please contact Karma at info@edgyethics.ca
Feedback from Course Participants Feedback from participants about this seminar has been very positive. Below are some screenshots of participants' emails and chat messages. (Names have been removed to protect confidentiality.)
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Webinar 2 - Ecological Ethics and Social Work Therapy Practice
Cost: $150 (no HST charged)
Part 1: October 17, 2019 from 12pm to 1:30pm PT
Part 2: October 24, 2019 from 12pm to 1:30pm PT

This webinar is the second 3-hour interactive, online offering in the Edgy Ethics series and is delivered in 2, 1.5-hour sessions. Please review your Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in preparation for the webinar (1 hour). (Continuing education credits = 4). It is strongly recommended that you participate in Webinar 1 prior to attending this one. However, Karma will give a brief review of some of the topics covered in the first webinar in order to contextualise the content being presented.

Humanity and nature are fundamentally interdependent, as our planet’s changing climate is making increasingly obvious. Increasing political and academic attention is being directed to the needs of the environment, and towards a more ecologically aware understanding of human relationships, social and environmental systems, and moral responsibility. Recent scholars also champion a more inclusive paradigm. Seeking a systemic ethical framework grounded in human-environmental interdependency, that supports the consideration of and responsible care for environmental and sociopolitical realities, these scholars identify ecological ethics as a useful, and even necessary, approach for contemporary social work practice and ethics.

According to Besthorn (2012), “the [social work] profession is neither conceptually nor ethically prepared to meet this compelling reality [of climate change]” (p. 255). He warns that “without significant transition towards understanding their deeper connection with the natural world, humans may be moving precipitously to their eventual extinction” (p. 255). Social work “has the choice of continuing to support a self-defeating social order or recreating itself to work toward a just and sustainable society” (Coates, 2003 cited in Zapf, 2010, p. 40).

Embracing ecological ethics can help social workers become more responsive to our context and to think more ecologically about how we approach our ethical practice. We can work towards "shift[ing] the artificial separation of the social and natural environments in its person-in environment paradigm” (Coates & Gray, 2012, p. 234), and respond to the growing calls for social work to update its individualistic and human-centric paradigms by embracing ecological understandings of interconnection, interdependence, wholistic wellbeing, relational values and knowledge, justice, complexity and uncertainty, and nature-human connection. Social workers who embrace ecological ethics may be better positioned to contribute to the development of a more ecologically conscious society that could improve people's immediate and long-term wellbeing, and the wellbeing of the planet.

In this webinar, Karma will present an overview of theory and research (including her dissertation research) on ecological ethics and social work therapy practice. She  will discuss ecological assumptions, values and principles, and practices associated with this alternative ethical approach.

Besthorn, F. H. (2012). Deep Ecology’s contributions to social work: A ten-year retrospective: Deep Ecology’s contributions to social work. International Journal of Social Welfare, 21(3), 248–259. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00850.x
Coates, J., & Gray, M. (2012). The environment and social work: An overview and introduction. International Journal of Social Welfare, 21(3), 230–238. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2011.00851.x
Zapf, M. K. (2010). Social work and the environment: Understanding people and place. Critical Social Work, 11(3), 30–43.


Learning Objectives:
- begin to critically examine and challenge the ways our dominant theories, assumptions, and practices
can limit the "environment" in social work's metaphor of "person-in-environment"
- consider way of conceptualizing our clients, ourselves, and our practices as more wholistically systemic
- learn some ways of integrating nature into everyday therapy practice


This is the first time Karma is presenting this webinar. In an effort to improve it, she will send you a survey to gather your feedback on the course after Part 2.

Please click on the button below to register. Please note that you must attend both days of the webinar. Once you have paid, you MUST select the "Return to Merchant" button to be sent to the course registration page. (This button is at the bottom of the page.) Once there, fill in the required information and you will be sent to a page that confirms your registration and provides you with a link and password to the seminar. You should receive these in an email. If you have any questions, please contact Karma at info@edgyethics.ca.