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The Ethics of Radical Self-Care in Social Work

Presenter: Dr. Chris Martin

Date: Friday, July 19, 2024

Location: Mount Mercy University

CRST International Graduate Center

1650 Matterhorn Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

:8:30 am - 9:00 am

Workshop: 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Cost: Member-$35.00/Non-Member-$65.00

3.0 CEU Ethics

Workshop Description:

Participants will explore the fundamental principles of social work ethics through an anti-oppressive lens, emphasizing the pivotal role of radical self-care and the establishment of boundaries. By contextualizing the NASW Code of Ethics within broader frameworks of justice and equity, participants will explore how these principles intersect with radical self-care practices to enhance ethical decision-making and promote sustainable engagement in social work practice.

Through interactive discussions, case studies, and reflective exercises, participants will critically examine the connections between cultural humility, ethical conduct, and the cultivation of resilience in social work settings. By fostering an understanding of the systemic forces that shape social work practice, participants will learn to navigate ethical dilemmas with sensitivity and insight, guided by principles of social justice and human rights.

Workshop Goals and Objectives:

  • Analyze the NASW Code of Ethics through an anti-oppressive lens, identifying its implications for social work practice within diverse cultural contexts.
  • Examine the intersection of cultural humility and ethical decision-making, recognizing the importance of cultural competence and humility in fostering authentic relationships with clients and communities.
  • Develop practical skills for setting and maintaining boundaries in social work practice, recognizing the ethical imperative of preserving professional integrity while honoring the autonomy and dignity of clients.
  • Increase awareness of the systemic barriers that impact social work practice, equipping participants with tools for advocating for social justice and promoting equitable access to resources and services.


Presenter: Dr. Chris Martin is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Social Program at St. Ambrose University. She received both her MSW and PhD from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Her research area includes the study of the influence of implicit racial bias on decision making and how this contributes to the disproportionate representation of African Americans in special education. She has completed over 40 workshops, presentations, and community education opportunities on implicit bias, cultural humility, and antiracism, and social work ethics in the past 9 years. Her areas of teaching and scholarship are in ethics, feminist social work, diversity & identity development, and therapeutic intervention.

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