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First Friday Forum Relational Ethics: Ethical Decision Making for a Diverse Profession
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, January 05, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: First Friday Forums

Relational Ethics: Ethical Decision Making for a Diverse Profession

Friday, January 5, 2018

Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the
Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the Program

In an ever more diverse field, psychologists can find themselves grappling with how to apply the principles of the American Psychological Association (APA) Code of Ethics across diverse worldviews and/or new and emerging arenas of practice. For example immigrant communities often understand individual confidentiality differently than how we conceptualize it within our Western, primarily Caucasian worldview. Likewise confidentiality is implemented differently within an integrated care setting than within a stand-alone private practice.

The core principles of Relational Ethics outline an ethical decision making model that supports the application of the APA code across a broad range of clinical, contextual, and demographic variables allowing providers to honor their cultural values, the values of their clients and/or the unique parameters of their practice setting. Moreover, relational ethics invites us to shift our understanding of ethics away from ethical behavior - what we do or don’t do - towards ethical presence – how we are with our clients and colleagues.

This presentation will provide an overview of how our prescriptive APA Code of Ethics works collaboratively with Relational Ethics, review the core principles of Relational Ethics, and provide case examples from real ethical dilemmas to demonstrate the application of Relational Ethics.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe differences between relational ethics and prescriptive ethics
  2. Outline the core principles of relational ethics
  3. Describe the interconnections between relational ethics and Relational Cultural Theory
  4. Apply core principles of relational ethics to practice

About the Presenters:

Jean Chagnon, Ph.D., LP, received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University and has been a licensed psychologist for 25 years. For the first 9 years, Dr. Chagnon was a psychologist and administrator in higher education. Since then she has been in private practice. Her clinical passion is providing mind/body/spirit healing for survivors of childhood abuse. Her book, The Art of Inner Listening: Medicine for the Soul in the Wake of Abuse, outlines an integrated, relational model for work with survivors of abuse. Dr. Chagnon serves as the chair of MPA’s Ethics Committee, is a guest lecturer for St. Mary’s graduate students on ethics, teaches ethics at Rukha Academy, and frequently provides ethical consultations on complicated and nuanced ethical dilemmas.

Andrea Zuellig, Ph.D., LP, received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, with a minor in Human Diversity. She competed her predoctoral internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, with specializations in Health Psychology and in Serious and Persistent Mental Health. Dr. Zuellig has been a licensed psychologist for 14 years, and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. She currently works at Melrose Center and also provides services for the Eating Disorders/Type 1 Diabetes (EDDM) and the Eating Disorders/Substance Abuse (EDSA) Melrose teams. She enjoys working with a medical team of varying professions with this complex population, and appreciates the many relational-cultural and ethical dilemmas that can inevitably arise. She is a member of Melrose Center’s Speaker’s Bureau, and provides trainings and educational/professional presentations about eating disorders and their treatment. She also is a member of the MPA Ethics Committee.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or [email protected]

To Register:

Register Online

Click here for a pdf Registration Form

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by December 22 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after December 22 $55 $75 $25


Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.