Care Ethics in a Complicated World
A Conference for Mental Health Professionals

Friday, March 11, 20168:30 AM – 4:00 PM (doors open at 8:00 AM)
Registration fee: $12500 (includes breakfast and lunch)
Central DeKalb Senior Center · 1346 McConnell Dr., Decatur, GA 30033
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racism, gun violence, refugees in crisis, islamophobia… Our world is suffering—are you looking for a way to respond in your practice?

In our attempts to create a safe therapeutic space for our clients, we cannot ignore the world outside the office door. Together we will learn how to look up from the immediate needs of our clients’ everyday concerns and attend to the larger questions of meaning, purpose and value. Join a panel of mental health, medical, and pastoral care experts as we engage the social, political and moral dimensions of our broader communities and how they impact our clients’ individual lives. This conference will fulfill the ethics CEU requirement and provide a fertile forum for looking at ourselves and our practices in the life of the larger community.


Key points of the conference:

  • Discuss care ethics in the context of the practice of counseling and psychotherapy
  • Distinguish social responsibility from political rhetoric
  • Understand the challenge of caring for diverse populations with limited resources
  • Debate the social zeitgeist of caring in the larger community

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an applied and practical understanding of care ethics and distributive justice
  • Examine the distortion of care ethics in contemporary society
  • Identify the value of social responsibility and define the ethical limits of mental health practitioners
  • Discuss care ethics and disenfranchised populations in the United States
  • Discuss care ethics and the changing definition of families in contemporary American society

Speakers include:

  • Luis Alvarez, LMSW, CAMS, Grady Health System
  • Ayanna Buckner, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Community Health Cooperative
  • Emannuel Lartey, Ph.D., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • Carol Pitts, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT Care and Counseling Center of Georgia
  • Jackson Rainer, Ph.D., ABPP, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia


6 hours of ethics CEUs have been approved through the Georgia Psychological Association to meet ethics CEU requirements for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

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