Ethical Decision Making: Using the Lind Seal Cultural Context Model

Earn 3.0 CEUs (Meets Ethics CEU Requirement)!  $15 for MAMFT members, $70 for non-members

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Presented By: Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT

Workshop Description: Most ethical decision making models leave out important elements to consider, such as cultural context and issues of power within the therapeutic relationship.  What do we do when faced with an ethical dilemma that is embedded within a culturally specific context? How do we make sure we are paying proper attention to issues of power, privilege, and justice as we navigate these dilemmas in ways that will benefit our clients?  How do we continue to grow as clinicians in our own awareness of how different communities of people may walk differently through the world than we do, and how can that “woke-ness” inform our practice? Dr. Lind Seal will present her Cultural Context Ethical Decision Making Model in this workshop and discuss the ethical practices of living, learning and working within the ever-more important and increasingly nuanced lens of cultural context.

Workshop Objectives: Participants will be able to: 1. Identify issues of culture and power within the therapeutic relationship 2. Explore issues of participant’s own cultural heritage and why it is so important to continually foster awareness of such 3. Understand the usefulness of consulting a cultural broker in certain ethically challenging situations 4.Utilize a specific ethical decision-making model and apply it to a case study.

Presenter’s Bio: Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT completed her PhD in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Family Social Science.  She has taught Ethics to MFT and Counseling Psychology graduate students at St. Cloud State University, University of Wisconsin/Stout and Saint Mary’s University where she is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program. She teaches MFT Ethics and Research Methods.  She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on Ethics, Cross-Cultural Issues and Fatherhood.

Dr. Lind Seal’s research focuses on confiding interactions within social networks and has been published in Psychology Today (2015) and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2016). Other recent publications include Psychotherapy Networker’s May/June 2016, 2017 and 2018 issues.  She works clinically in Spanish and in French and has worked with and provided written and oral testimony for people seeking asylum. She has a private practice in Loring Park and appears biweekly on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show in Relationship Reboot, a segment dealing with relationships.  Follow her on Twitter @drklseal.

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Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

Date & Location

Birch Tree Center
4720 Burning Tree Rd
Duluth, MN 55811

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Mon October 14, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Presenter(s): Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT