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Course Description

Professionalism is the attributes, behaviors, commitments, values, and goals that characterize a profession. Ethical choices are a cornerstone of effective human services practice and require the careful systematic analysis of decisions and behaviors and implementation of those decisions.

This course explores the professional and ethical issues facing human services professionals. It is designed to increase awareness of the complexities in practice and introduce a process of ethical decision-making. Participants are introduced to the ethical standards for human services professionals that guide the professional practice of human services. Common ethical challenges, such as confidentiality, informed consent, and self-disclosure are emphasized. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and practice skills in ethical decision-making and take a more ethical approach to their work.

This course also considers professional standards of competence and growth by exploring concepts of lifelong learning, adult learning with opportunities for self-assessment in these areas, and others in the development of a professional development plan.

Course Outline

 

Learner Outcomes

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Apply Principles of professionalism and ethics in practice
  • Recognize the roles and responsibilities of an ethical human service professional to include standards of practice and codes of conduct in communicating and interacting with clients, families, and other professionals.
  • Demonstrate a sound grasp of the major ethical dilemmas in practice, the principles governing sound ethical decision-making, and an approach toward solving them.
  • Develop reflective and critical thinking skills.
  • Define lifelong learning.
  • Describe how adult learning principles can be helpful to strengths-based practice.
  • Self-identify and assess professional behaviors and develop a plan for further competence.

Notes

All participants have 90 days from the date of their enrollment in which to complete and successfully pass the course.

All cancellation/transfer requests must be in writing via email to sfwtuh@temple.edu and received by the Temple University Harrisburg staff before becoming effective.

**Please note: If a cancellation request is not made and the registrant does not attend the course as originally scheduled, the registrant is still responsible for payment for the scheduled course.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation requests received ten (10) business days or more prior to the start of the scheduled course will be eligible for a full refund of fees paid.

Cancellations received less than 10 business days prior to the start of the scheduled course will be subject to a cancellation fee of $30.00. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the start of the scheduled course will not be eligible for a refund.

TUH reserves the right to cancel continuing education events due to low enrollment.

In the event of inclement weather (applies to in-person classes only), Temple University Harrisburg will make every effort to cancel events with as much advance notice as possible. Notification will be sent via email/CE Systems once a decision to close or delay has been made. In all instances, TUH will follow the University’s cancellation decisions.

 

Continuing Education - Social Work

This course has been approved for 0.10 CEUs and 10 Social Work Continuing Education Hours, 3 of which fulfill the ethics requirement by the state licensing board. Temple University Harrisburg is a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors pre-approved provider of continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal.

Certificates documenting continuing education hours will be issued by Temple University Harrisburg. Participants must request these certificates through the CE request form/process listed below.

Certificates of completion documenting satisfactory completion of the professional development course will be generated/issued through DestinyOne.

To obtain Continuing Education Hours/Units, please complete the following items:

  • Pay the Continuing Education Fee of $20 (optional choice at check-out)
  • Complete all required assignments in Canvas and obtain an 80% or higher for passing.
  • Complete the CE Request Form (click the blue hyperlink)
  • Complete the Course Evaluation (include your name)

 

Prerequisites

Foundations of Strengths-based Practice if working towards the SFW Credential 

 

Recommendations

To successfully complete the training and activities, the materials needed/recommended are:

  • Computer/Laptop (recommend 5 yrs. old or newer)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz or faster
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Internet connection (1.5 Mbps-ok; 5 Mbps- better)
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Audio equipment (i.e., computer speakers)
  • Web Browser - Google Chrome, recommended
  • Software - Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader

Basic Computer Proficiency

  • Using a keyboard and mouse
  • Selecting, copying, pasting text
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx., etc.)
  • Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, etc.)
  • Browsing for files to attach and upload
  • Accessing the Internet using a web browser and resetting basic web browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies, etc.)

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Professionalism and Strengths-based Practice
Type
self-paced
Dates
Start Now, you have 10 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration non-credit $130.00 Click here to get more information
Section Fees
SFW CE Fee $20.00 Optional
Section Notes

This is an open enrollment course for anyone looking to learn about professionalism, ethics, lifelong learning, and more. This is the 4th Core Content course for the SFW Credential Program for those working to obtain their credential. 

The schedule dates are the dates this course is open for enrollment for the Summer. Another class will open for the Fall as well. These are not the dates you have to complete the work in the course. See the note below. 

All participants have 90 days from the date of their enrollment in which to complete and successfully pass the course.

Professionalism is the attributes, behaviors, commitments, values, and goals that characterize a profession. Ethical choices are a cornerstone of effective human services practice and require the careful systematic analysis of decisions and behaviors and implementation of those decisions.

This course explores the professional and ethical issues facing human services professionals. It is designed to increase awareness of the complexities in practice and introduce a process of ethical decision-making. Participants are introduced to the ethical standards for human services professionals that guide the professional practice of human services. Common ethical challenges, such as confidentiality, informed consent, and self-disclosure are emphasized. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and practice skills in ethical decision-making and take a more ethical approach to their work.

This course also considers professional standards of competence and growth by exploring concepts of lifelong learning, adult learning with opportunities for self-assessment in these areas, and others in the development of a professional development plan.