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Lunch & Learn: Complex Ethical Choices in Everyday Practice
MPA Office (The Harrington Company)
4248 Park Glen Road
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416
United States
952-928-4657

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Friday, July 20, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Lunch & Learn

Complex Ethical Choices in Everyday Practice

Friday, July 20, 2018
*Registration: 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Program: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
CE Certificate Distribution: 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: MPA's Office (The Harrington Company)
4248 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Parking is free.

Please note: when driving down Park Glen Road, go past the Park Glen and Walden Woods apartments until you come to the cul-de-sac. Drive through the cul-de-sac and The Harrington Company office will be on your left, you will see the teal trim on the sign and doors.

About the program:

Psychologists in all practice settings regularly encounter ethical challenges in their day-to-day work. Effective navigation of these challenges is facilitated not only by clinical competence, but by knowledge of ethical decision-making models, ready access to relevant ethical and practice standards, and experience in their application.

The ability to identify and distinquish various dimensions of dilemmas enables psychologists to more effectively make decisions that take into account not only the clinical features of a case, but also the ethical, legal, and risk management aspects. These perspectives may be discrete or may overlap, and best practice involves seeing the issues through each of these four lenses.

Presenters will describe two approaches to ethical decision making and will illustrate the application of these models to a critical and timely ethical dilemma. Participants will have opportunities to share some of their own ethical questions and dilemmas. The group will then practice applying the models to the shared dilemmas.

Please note: You must attend the full program to get continuing education credit for the event.

This program qualifies for 1.0 continuing education credit. 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify resources that can be accessed to facilitate ethical decision making in every day practice.

  2. Discern the ethical, legal, clinical, and risk management aspects of an ethical dilemma.

  3. Describe a five-step model of ethical decision making and demonstrate its application.

About the presenters:

Janet T. Thomas, Psy.D., LP, received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 1995. She practices in St. Paul where she provides psychotherapy, ethics consultation, and clinical supervision, specializing in working with psychologists facing ethical challenges, board complaints, and lawsuits. Her publications include The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals, published by the APA.

Janet Schank, Ph.D., LP, is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of experience and currently has a private practice in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Schank is especially interested in ethical dilemmas across a range of small communities and has presented locally and nationally on this and other ethics topics. She has written several articles and book chapters on ethical issues and is the co-author of the book, Ethical Practice in Small Communities: Challenges and Rewards for Psychologists, published by the APA.


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 Katie Benson, 952-928-4657, or [email protected].


To Register:

There is no onsite registration for this event. Please register ahead of time with the options below.

Click here to register online.

Click here for a PDF with a Registration Form to fill out and send in via mail or fax.

*REGISTRATION: There is no early bird rate for registration. The registration fees are: MPA Members = $25, Non-members = $30, Students = $25. Registration fee includes box lunch and CE certificate (1 credit). We will not be duplicating program materials. Participants are limited to the first 30 registrants. There is no on-site registration.


MPA Event Refund Policy:  A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled.  Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, 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.


Contact: [email protected] or (952)928-4657



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.