Ethics and Integrity in Clinical Practice



Presented and developed by Yvonne Owen, PhD


In our clinical practice, we encounter ethical issues every day.  Much of the time we don’t even notice the choices we make, since we have learned to maneuver the challenges, through our experience and our professional maturation.  We have learned what the ethical codes tell us to do, what not to do, and when to consult (always!).  When we have doubts, we review the code, we consult, we try to find the ethical path to take.  This all sounds quite simple, straightforward, as did the ethical code when we first read it as students.

So what’s the problem?  Why do so many people struggle in so many ways with ethical dilemmas?  How is it that so many mental health professionals fear behaving unethically, wonder if the are “okay” in their practice, sometimes keeping silent rather than sharing a concern with a fellow professional or even with a person from an ethical hot-line.  I believe that behaving ethically has all to often been reduced to avoiding “getting into trouble”, dodging the bullet, not getting caught, even though the clinician is unsure of what precisely s/he might be doing wrong.

The practice of behaving ethically can be seen in two ways:  one is to avoid violations, the other is to understand the principles behind the ethical guidelines and practice with integrity, based on this understanding.  What are these principles?  How can we understand the ethical code in such a way that we can move from “not making a mistake” to choosing the right path based on honest self-reflection in our motives?

This workshop will provide participants with an experience of understanding ethical issues from the perspective of personal integrity.  To do that, we will examine personal motives, explore the intention behind the ethical codes, and get in touch with our personal “compass”, which will point the way to an ethical path in a positive, relaxed way.  It will be experiential, non-fear based, with open participation.  We will explore many ethical dilemmas, to find ways to underscore how to approach practicing ethically without fear.


Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs

Law and Ethics CEs


Yvonne Owen, PhD


Yvonne Owen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist retired from Seattle University after about 30 years. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Washington in 1967 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1978.  Dr. Owen has provided clinical supervision to Master's level students for over 30 years.  She also leads consultation groups and provides supervision for pre-licensure professionals.  She developed the diagnosis and assessment class for master's students in the mental health counseling program, and has taught this course since the manual in use was the DSM-II: she has evolved with the course in her knowledge and experience.

Ms. Owen has a new title, Professor Emerita. She maintains a private practice in Seattle and has been teaching classes for Cascadia Training for over 10 years.  Yvonne is known for her inviting, engaging and humorous style.  




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, March 1st, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $165.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Room:     Potentate's Lounge
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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