Ethical Thinking and Practice: “What Does a ‘Good’ Family Practitioner Do?"

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April 13, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm
Single/Series Pricing: $29/$49 for NCFR student members, $49/$89 for NCFR members & CFLEs, $89/$159 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs
Glen Palm and Betty Cooke
Presenters: Glen Palm, Ph.D., CFLE, and Betty Cooke, Ph.D., CFLE

Family Life Educators often find their work to be very rewarding. However, they can also find themselves facing difficult ethical dilemmas on a regular basis. This webinar will provide techniques on how to manage ethical challenges by teaching reflective group processes and reviewing three different perspectives to understand and approach ethical dilemmas. Specifically, the presenters will provide a multi-perspective approach to ethical thinking and a careful process for reflecting upon ethical principles, relational contexts, and personal virtues to address challenging situations.

Ethical practices in Family Life Education (FLE) can be challenging when they occur in person and may need to be handled immediately, increasing the likelihood of compromising ethical principles set by both the practitioners and their professional organizations. This is especially true for those new to their professions either as recent graduates or due to mid-career changes. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss ethical issues in a thoughtful and caring manner by learning how to identify ethical dilemmas, integrate different theories of ethics, and apply a group process to addressing ethical dilemmas in FLE practice.

Overall, attendees will leave this webinar with the ability to:

  1. Apply and integrate three perspectives to ethical thinking and decision-making;
  2. Identify ethical dilemmas versus challenging practice situations;
  3. Implement a seven-step process for analyzing an ethical dilemma to improve ethical practice.

The webinar presenters, Drs. Betty Cooke, and Glen Palm (both CFLEs) were part of the MN Council on Family Relations Ethics Committee that created the Ethical Principles for Parent and Family Life Educators. This is a great opportunity to learn from the originators of the case study process.

Approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.

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About the Presenters

Glen Palm, Ph.D., CFLE, is a Professor Emeritus of Child and Family Studies at St. Cloud State University where he taught for 30 years from 1983-2013. He created and coordinated the Parent Education Licensure Program from 1984-2013, served as department chair for three terms, and was Interim Dean of the College of Education for 2 years. Glen also worked as a parent educator in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs in Minneapolis and St. Cloud for 40 years. Here he coordinated the Dad’s Project in St. Cloud as part of the ECFE program which included a number of program offerings for fathers and families. On the state and national level, Glen has held a number of leadership positions, has been a NCFR member since 1985, and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) since 2000.

Betty Cooke, Ph.D., CFLE, has nearly 50 years of professional experience as an early childhood educator, parent educator, and administrator of programs for children and families. She has been a teacher for early childhood educators and parent educators at the University of Nebraska, the University of Minnesota, and as an Early Childhood and Family Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Betty has also been involved with Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), the Minnesota public school parent education program for all families with children 0-4 since 1977. With NCFR, Betty has been a member since 1980 and a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) since 1992. She was twice president of the Minnesota affiliate of NCFR and received the NCFR Affiliate Councils Award for Meritorious Service in 2013. She has been involved with the MNCFR and NCFR work on ethical thinking and practice for parent and family life educators since 1992.


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