Ethical Decision Making: Resolving Dilemmas Under Stress

Presented by Sandy Morgenthal, PCC-S, CCFC, RN

Friday, September 28, 2018

We all want to do the right thing in our professional work and we strive to do this, sometimes with feelings of uncertainty. How can we be sure we are making the best decision in difficult situations we encounter? The very nature of a dilemma is that we are often being confronted with two or more undesirable choices. Once in a while, we are faced with dilemmas that involve risk to client safety or others and our emotions tend to run high at those times and we really need help in knowing what to do. This course will provide meaningful information on how to manage risk and make sound, ethical decisions in stressful circumstances.

Information covered includes: Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficent, Fidelity, Justice. Ethical principles are commonly in conflict with each other. No one principle is absolute. All must be considered. The Therapist MUST show rationale for rejecting any of these principles in favor of “a higher moral purpose.” Also reviewed is the roles of the law, agency policies, and Codes of Ethics. There is a review of several decision-making models and their foundations and limits are reviewed.


  • Experience peer group case study of ethical dilemmas and present to large group their decision
  • Express understanding of the need for using a decisionmaking model after studying the various models to choose from
  • Identify what constitutes the need to break confidence in risk management and ethical decision making after open discussion in large groups

Facilitator: Sandy Morgenthal, PCC-S, CCFC, RN

Sandy Morgenthal is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor and a Registered Nurse. She was the owner/founder of Creative Counseling Center in Madeira which she ran for ten years. She now works for PPI in Kenwood as a Clinical Counselor and Supervisor. She has taught on a variety of topics at local, state and national levels. Sandy is a graduate of UC with a Bachelor’s in Nursing and of Xavier with a Master’s in Counseling.

3 CEUs for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists

CSWMFT Board Approval #RCST091801

$60 for Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists
$48 for Students and Clergy

Limited to 17 participants for more individual attention.

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