Professional Education

Ethics and Pain | A Focus on Slippery Slopes & Stress and Wellness (REGISTRATION CLOSED)

2024 Ethics and Pain Conference – get all your CEs in one place

8:00 – 11:45 a.m. | Ethics, Slippery Slopes and Common Dilemmas

Ethics are more than guiding principles; they are the core pillars for practice. This training will provide an overview of the Code of Ethics that govern the practice of social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Participants will explore the slippery slopes and common dilemmas with boundaries, social engagement, use of media, telehealth, confidentiality, etc. Considerations to mitigate harm will be explored.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will be knowledgeable about the code of ethics and standards of their profession.
  • Participants will examine slippery slopes that may lead to an ethical violation.
  • Participants will recognize those areas where ethical breeches are most likely to occur.
  • Participants will identify best practices with ethical dilemmas.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. | You First: Managing Stress and Self Care

Burnout and Vicarious Trauma are recognized as occupational hazards for those in helping professions. Approaching stress and prioritizing wellness must be intentional if one is to improve personal wellbeing, ensure professional competence and guard against impairment. In this training, participants will gain an increased understanding of the biology of stress, and vicarious trauma. Skills in decreasing stress and advancing well-being will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will advance their knowledge of the neurobiology of stress and vicarious trauma.
  • Participants will articulate personal indicators of stress/compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma and point(s) of impairment.
  • Participants will learn responsive skills and activities to address stress and enhance wellbeing.
  • Participants will identify opportunities within the clinic to safeguard against vicarious trauma.


  • Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW

    Dr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. She is recognized for her passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 30 plus-year track record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting. Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement. She holds several advance certifications, serves on many local and state-wide committees, and has been recognized with several awards. Dr Bridge is licensed in both clinical and macro practice.

This course has been approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)

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