August 23, 2019
Ethical Decision Making Models


6 Continuing Education Credits

Ethical Codes & Decision Making Models is a highly interactive workshop for clinical and non-clinical mental health, human services, and other helping professionals and volunteers who have a role in creating a culture of safety and fostering the welfare and protection of individuals and groups. Through a series of fast-paced lectures, case scenario discussions, and small group activities, participants explore challenging ethical dilemmas and learn effective ethical decision-making models to identify and resolve ethical issues which they may face in the field.

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Program Description

The 2014 ACA Code of Ethics emphasizes the use of ethical decision-making models. However according to current research, less than half of professional counselors have participated in an ethics-specific course and therefore may not have an appreciable understanding of existent models that align with the 2014 ACA Code.

As a result, when applied, many ethical decision-making models are subjective and result in inconsistent decision making. This is a significant problem for those who are counting on their counselors — and other helping professionals and volunteers — to create a culture of safety for them.

Whether as a licensed professional or as a community volunteer, those who are active in the helping filed are routinely confronted by ethical dilemmas and would benefit from being able to better recognize ethical dilemmas and effectively address the complexities of ethical decision making in practice.


Hamilton County INCubator
100 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405


Friday, August 23, 2019


08:00 AM Registration
08:30 AM Training begins
12:00 PM Lunch
05:15 PM Training concludes


$150 Early Bird (through 8/15/2019)
$120 Students, First Year Professionals, and Senior Citizens
$180 Full Price

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Continuing Education Credits

6 Continuing Education Credits are available for this training. Please see the Continuing Education tab or the flyer below for details.

More Information

For more information about this or our other training programs, please contact us at:
(423) 698-9808


Who Should Attend

This continuing education workshop is for clinical and non-clinical mental health professionals and front-line volunteers who have a role in fostering the well-being of individuals and groups. This includes substance abuse counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, social workers, and psychologists. It also includes a wide range of other paid and unpaid human services personnel.

Learning Objectives

Through a series of fast-paced presentations, case studies, and experiential small group exercises, you will gain a thorough understanding of the process presented while practicing proven techniques which you can begin to use with your clients the following week. The Neuroscience of Transformation will make you a more effective helper by using decades of neuroscience research to become more fully effective with even your most challenging clients.

  • Differentiate transformative listening from ordinary listening and learn how to reach your clients at the deepest levels.
  • Understand the brain process as “limbic tango” leads to “limbic resonance” and how to achieve it.
  • Recognize the similar dynamics of meditation and the acquisition of mindfulness.
  • Explain the benefits of meditation and mindfulness to clients and help them master both.
  • Demonstrate to clients the benefits of transformative listening in their own relationships.
  • Acquire the skills of working with clients to make your therapy more meaningful and effective by learning from Dr. Ryback’s pioneering research on dreamwork.

Training Content

Segment One (Transformative Listening)

The origins of what the literature refers to as Deep Empathy
The history of empathy, from Freud and Jung, Martin Buber, Carl Rogers and others, to the modern day
Applications to motivational interviewing
Applications to restorative justice
Case study: The problem
Jazz as a metaphor for transformative listening
Research on the range of emotions
“Limbic resonance” from the neuroscience of emotional intelligence
Panksepp’s research on Intrinsic Motivational Systems
Damasio’s neuroscience research applied to deep empathy
Back to case study and application: The solution
Live demonstration followed by small group experience in learning the process of transformative listening

Segment Two (Meditation and Mindfulness)

The history of mindfulness
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering work
How it connects with the practice of motivational interviewing and restorative justice
How the brain processes mindfulness
Daniel Siegel’s concept on how mindfulness affects the brain
The benefits of mindfulness
Group sharing of mindfulness followed by discussion

Segment Three (The Magic of Dreams)

The original dream experts—Freud and Jung
Archetypes of shame and guilt
How to use dreams to discover deep issues and quickly resolve them
Case studies used in treating alcoholism
Live demonstration of Transformative Dreamwork
Summary and Q&A session


The program will be held at the Hamilton County Business Development Center on Chattanooga’s Chattanooga.

100 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

The facility is handicap accessible. However, if you need any special accommodations, please contact us at or (423) 698-9808.

Virtual Participation

This program is not currently being offered online. If you would like us to tell you should things change so you join us virtually, please fill out form below.

Online Training

Continuing Education Credits

Participants are eligible for 7 Continuing Education Credits awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

Social Workers:
CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/5/15 through 10/5/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 20.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LCPCs/LMHCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LCPCs/LMHCs completing the program will receive 20.0 continuing education hours of credit.

Please check back after the training for the link to receive your certificate.

David Ryback. Ph.D

Dr. Ryback, a board-certified clinician, is founder of EQ Associates International in Atlanta, GA. He speaks internationally on his published research on the neuroscience of dreamwork, deep empathy, and mindfulness. Among his books are Dreams That Come True (Doubleday) and ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill). Among his over 60 professional publications, are Self-Determination and the Neurology of Mindfulness and The Neuroscience of the Soul.

Dr. Ryback received his Masters degree at San Diego State University and his Doctoral degree at the University of Hawaii and is an expert on mindfulness, deep empathy, and dreamwork. He trains professionals around the globe and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, book editor for The American Journal of Family Therapy, and columnist for Speaker, the magazine for the National Speakers Association.

Dr. Ryback has taught mindfulness, dreamwork and emotional intelligence to medical doctors, educators, and business executives across the globe; consulted for various agencies in the US government, including the U.S.Navy and NASA; helped his clinical clients manage depression, anxiety and personal relationships; and served as advisor to top executives across the US, Europe and Asia. With colleagues at the University of Vienna and the University of Ottawa, Dr. Ryback has published over 60 scientific papers, transforming the concept of emotional intelligence in the business world, while his most recent book, Transforming Communication in Leadership and Teamwork (Springer), helped revolutionize the psychology of business. He lives in Atlanta.

Training Policies

Our policies on attendance, cancellation, continuing education credits, and more can be found on our training policies page. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at  or (423) 698-9808.