Values & Biases in Ethical Decision Making


This engaging training will provide participants with the opportunity to learn, share, and discuss the aspirational ethics that are central to the helping professions. Through sharing cases, engaging in art making, and participating in discussion, participants will be able to identify how these foundational values inform adherence to ethical principles across mental health disciplines.  This workshop reviews the core values that underlie our profession; it exposes participants to three broad groups of non-rational factors in ethical decision-making:  emotion, context and intuition, and it supports participants in considering both when addressing ethical challenges.  



Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and express the aspirational values that are core to ethical codes across mental health disciplines.
  • Identify three types of non-rational processes that may undermine ethical decision-making.
  • Utilize an ethical decision-making model that considers both rational and non-rational processes influencing ethical thought.



Target Audience: Art Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers and other mental health professionals interested in expanding their knowledge base regarding values and biases in ethical decision making processes. Content will be intermediate to advanced




9:00-9:30           Registration and Welcome
9:30-10:00         Introduction, case presentation, ethical values 
10:00-12:30       Exploration of ethical values, small group discussions, art making
12:30-1:15         Lunch
1:15-3:15           Biases and irrational processes, small group discussions, art making
3:15-3:30           Break
3:30-4:20           Application and discussion
4:20-4:30           Evaluations and Certificate Issuance



Heidi Bardot, ATR-BC, LCPAT is Director and Associate Professor of the GW Art Therapy Program. She has brought an international focus to the GW Program through immersion diversity courses and service-learning programs in France, India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Croatia and has assisted in creating the first post-master's program in Croatia. Bardot currently collaborates with local organizations in Lebanon to work with refugees and to train relief workers in art techniques, self-care, and trauma.

Lisa Raye Garlock, MS, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPAT is the Clinical Placement Coordinator, Assistant Professor, and AT Gallery Manager at the GW Art Therapy Program. She also works with the international non-profit, Common Threads Project, co-training therapists in using story cloths, along with other interventions to help women recover from the trauma of gender-based violence.

Juliet L. King, LPC, LMHC, ATR-BC is an Associate Professor in the GW Art Therapy Program and maintains an academic appointment in the Department of Neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is currently researching the integration of art, neuroscience, and related therapeutics, using contemporary neuroimaging technology to understand creative and expressive processes.

Jordan S. Potash, PhD, ATR-BC, REAT, LCPAT (MD), LCAT (NY) is an Associate Professor in the GW Art Therapy Program, past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Art Therapy Association, and Editor of Art Therapy. Jordan is interested in the applications of art and art therapy for community development and social change, with an emphasis on reducing stigma, confronting discrimination and promoting cross-cultural relationships.

Mary Ellen Ruff, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS is an Assistant Professor in the GW Art Therapy Program and is board certified art therapist, a licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor in private practice.  The focus of her clinical work is in the area of addictions with adolescents and adults. 

Tally Tripp, MA, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, CTT is a registered and board certified art therapist, licensed clinical social worker and certified trauma therapist in private practice specializing in experiential approaches for treating complex trauma.  Tally is an Assistant Professor in the GW Art Therapy Program and the Director of the GW Art Therapy Center, a training clinic providing trauma-informed art therapy services to the community. 

Arika VanBrunt, LPC, ATR-BC, ACS is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, and Approved Clinical Supervisor. With two decades of experience providing therapeutic outreach in homes, shelters, schools, and outpatient therapy, Arika is a child welfare advocate and has been awarded the Center for Alexandria’s Children 2013 Outstanding Dedication to Children Award.  She is an adjunct faculty member at GWU Art Therapy Program, instructing Marriage and Family Therapy and Ethics. 




$169 Professionals

$149 (GWalumni, faculty & supervisors) CODE: GWU

Space is limited.  Lunch is included

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Contact information:
Please contact 703-299-4148 if you have questions, concerns, or need special accommodations. Space is limited. Registration closes on May 2, 2019. Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund.


Course completion & CE info:
Course completion requirements: Social workers must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.



The George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Program, Provider #1708, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing 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. The George Washington University Art Therapy Graduate Program maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 4/16/2019-4/16/2020. Social workers completing this course receive 6 Trauma continuing education credits.



The George Washington University Art Therapy Department has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3053. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The George Washington University Art Therapy Department is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.