Ethics & Pain Management for Behavioral Health Practitioners

Ethics & Pain Management for Behavioral Health Practitioners

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Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (NOAA)
500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707


Friday, April 12, 2024 | LIVE/In-Person
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

5 Ethics CE for Social Workers & 2 Pain Management CE for Social Workers = 7 Social Work CE Credits Total

If you have questions, need more information, or require special accommodations contact Genny Grimshaw at (989) 358-7842 or Course materials will be emailed on or about April 10, 2024. There will not be printed packets available at this training unless you print and bring them yourself. If you need assistance with printing, please reach out. Note-taking materials will still be provided.

Target Audience

Front Line/Support Staff, Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses and Psychologists (We welcome all community members!)

Content Level

Beginner to Advanced

Course Description

This training will cover topics such as ethical codes and standards, ethical considerations due to the use of technology, and revisions to the NASW Code of Ethics. Participants will also explore pain management and pain assessment tools. Participants will gain skills to increase their confidence when faced with ethical challenges and assisting individuals who may be managing chronic pain.

Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will identify the steps needed for levels of licensure and certification in Michigan for behavioral health professions.
  • Participants will complete ethical process steps using cases to incorporate specific aspects of ethical codes.
  • Participants will delineate five components needed in supervision contracts and tasks.
  • Participants will be aware of the trends related to prescription opioid use and the risks of overdose death.
  • Participants will understand stages of change, as well as how to use staging tools with clients and treatment teams to decide on appropriate interventions.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome, Introductions & Housekeeping
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Values vs. Ethics vs. Mandates
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM NASW Code of Ethics changes
10:20 AM - 10:35 AM Break
10:35 AM - 11:35 AM Multi-system ethics with case discussion
11:35 AM - 12:00 PM Steps for licensure and renewal in Michigan
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Ethical process steps with activity
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Ethical considerations in supervision
2:30 PM -3:00 PM Tying it all together activity & discussion
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pain and opioid use
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Overdose risk and pain management techniques

Meet the Presenter

Michelle Walkowski, LMSW CAADC

Michelle Walkowski, LMSW CAADC has been in the field of social work with expertise in providing treatment to individuals with co-occurring disorders for over 20 years. Her career began with the focus on working with individuals experiencing homelessness in the greater Lansing area. As her career continued to evolve, she worked in many different areas of the public mental health system including day treatment, jail mental health services, intake, case management, outpatient, Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). She currently supervises an ACT/IDDT team for St. Clair County Community Mental Health where she has been employed for 19 years. Michelle is part of the current MiFast review team for ACT/IDDT and also provides training in providing and improving service delivery with Evidence Based Practices. She is passionate about providing the highest quality services to individuals while working to reduce stigma toward any co-occurring disorder within the community. She believes strongly in recovery and enjoys providing direct service, training and consultation services. Michelle also worked for Michigan State University for 15 years as a field liaison; dedicated to working with students preparing to enter the field of social work.


Space is limited. Registration closes Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Cancellation notice is appreciated.

  1. National Association of Social Workers. NASW Code of Ethics. NASW. Retrieved February 24, 2024, from
  2. Powell, D. J. (2004). Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (Revised ed.). Jossey-Bass.
  3. (n.d.). Section 333.18516. Michigan Legislature. Retrieved February 24, 2024, from
  4. Taylor, K. (2017). The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients for Profound Transformative Work in Professional Healing Relationships (3rd ed.). Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc.
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders. (2020) Treatment Improvement Protocol 1. (TIP) Series, No. 42. SAMHSA Publication No. PEP20-02-01-004. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  6. Miller, William., and Stephen Rollnick. Motivational Interviewing. Guilford Publications, 2023

Social workers must sign in/out of the training, attend the entire course, provide their license number, and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. You will receive your certificate within 30 days of course completion. Participants requesting credit must be registered for the event and have verified attendance and attend the entire training. TO RECEIVE CE HOURS, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE EVALUATION! None of the planners for this activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies

Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority (NeMCMHA), Provider #1767 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continue Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. NeMCMHA maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/19/2022 – 05/19/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 7 social work continuing education credits.

For more information about NeMCMHA services and training opportunities, please visit: NeMCMHA is funded, in part, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.