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Balancing Ethics & Best Practices: Honoring Cultural Diversity in the Grieving Process

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Culture has long been recognized as playing a key role in the process of helping. Notably within the context of grief, culture would be viewed as a key influencing factor for fully appreciating one’s experience of loss. The often complex experience of loss and subsequent grief can create a myriad of cultural expressions, behaviors, and rituals. Often these cultural encounters may be misinterpreted, overlooked, or can even pose ethical challenges for helping professionals. This workshop will explore a framework for understanding culture, best practices with culturally diverse populations, and challenging ethical encounters in honoring diversity. This workshop will examine the unique role that culture plays in the experience of grief and will offer practical guidelines for honoring diversity while balancing ethics and best practices.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, Balancing Ethics & Best Practices: Honoring Cultural Diversity in the Grieving Process created by Sandra A Lopez, LCSW, ACSW in 2017.



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Course Material Author

Sandra A Lopez, LCSW, ACSW
Sandra A Lopez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 36 years of social work practice experience. She recently retired as full-time faculty member of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work as Clinical Professor. She currently maintains a clinical and consulting practice with established clinical expertise in traumatic loss and grief therapy and has been a national leader in promoting the practice of professional self-care for the social work profession.

Sandra A Lopez, LCSW, ACSW authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers. It is appropriate for all levels of participants.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define culture, cultural competence, and best practices in honoring diversity
  2. Develop an understanding of how culture may impact the process of grief
  3. Identify the unique ethical challenges and tensions that may be encountered in working with culturally diverse and the experience of grief
  4. Develop practical guidelines for honoring cultural diversity while balancing ethics and best practices.

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Course Number 102244
1.5 CE credit hour
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