Introspective Ethics: Developing a Plan to Avoid Ethical Violations

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
CEUs: $50.00
No CEUs: $25.00
3.0 Ethics CEUs available for:

  • LSW/LISW/SWA (CSWMFT #: RSX069601)

  • LPC/LPCC (CSWMFT #: RCX031303)

  • Nurses ​(via reciprocity with the CSWMFT board)



This workshop begins with a brief review of the ethical code, ethical principles and the laws governing ethical practice. Next, the psychological mechanisms that enable ethical violations will be described. The heart of the workshop is an experiential process where participants will be guided through a process of introspection about their personal and professional development. What participants “discover” through this process will be shared in small groups. After reflecting on their development, participants will use what they have uncovered about themselves to identify potential areas of ethical vulnerability. Finally, various strategies for avoiding falling prey to areas of vulnerability will be reviewed with the goal of having each participant develop a personalized proactive plan for avoiding ethical violations.


  • Review the ethical code, ethical principles and the law as it pertains to social workers and counselors
  • Understand the process by which serious ethical violations are committed by well-intentioned practitioners
  • Identify potential areas of ethical vulnerability
  • Develop a proactive plan to address areas of ethical vulnerability.

About the Speaker: Cecile Brennan Ph.D

Cecile Brennan is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a supervisory designation, a counselor educator and a clinician in private practice.  She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at John Carroll University.  During her time at John Carroll, she was the first chair of the newly established Department of Counseling, developed a certificate program in Spiritual Wellness & Counseling and helped establish the substance-use disorder concentration and certificate program.

In addition to her work with John Carroll University, Dr. Brennan is an employee assistance counselor at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services.  She meets with clients individually and presents webinars and in-person workshops.

Dr. Brennan also has extensive experience in the field of education.  She has worked with children from elementary school through high school as both an educator and a counselor.  This depth of experience has led her to present professional development workshops for teachers, school counselors and administrators.

Dr. Brennan’s primary areas of scholarly inquiry are counseling ethics, the interface of spirituality and counseling, and the socio-cultural context of mental dysfunction.  Dr. Brennan is active in a number of professional organizations and regularly presents at local, state and national counseling conferences.  In addition, she has written a number of scholarly articles and book chapters.


Class sizes are limited, so register early.  Classes with low registrations may be canceled.  If the class is canceled or moved, participants will be contacted via email at least 24 hours in advance.

Classes start and end on time.  To ensure a quality experience for all, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the class start time and find a seat.  CEU credits will be adjusted 0.25 credit hours for every 15 minutes not in attendance; adjusted certificates will be emailed to participants within 3 business days after the training.  Hard copies of certificates will be mailed upon request.

It is difficult to control room temperature to everyone's comfort level.  We suggest you dress in layers that can be adaptable to warm and cool temperatures.

For auditing purposes, arrival and departure times and signature are required on attendance sheets.