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Full Day Workshop – Ethics 360°: Unlocking Ethical Dilemmas Members Only
December 7, 2019 Sandman Hotel Victoria, 2852 Douglas Street, “Orchid Room” Victoria, BC V8T 4M5 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration, networking and morning refreshments begins at 8:30 AM) $40.00 plus GST. Open to BCACC Members only.

BCACC Member Workshop

Ethics 360°– Unlocking Ethical Dilemmas


Presented by John Gawthrop, MA, RCC

Most RCCs have taken some form of ethics training or course in their academic background and cited it as part of their applications for BCACC membership.

Such training typically included one or more ethical decision-making models, a review of legal and ethical standards, and the opportunity of applying this knowledge to case scenarios. However, real-life professional practice seldom allows for textbook and linear solutions to complex dilemmas. These dilemmas typically span legal, personal, social, emotional, psychological, and cultural dimensions, and require a more robust and broader perspective to navigate them effectively.

At such times, with no boilerplate, quick answers at hand, even seasoned practitioners can feel stuck, torn, and unsure of the best way forward. What does one do if clinical/peer supervision and/or legal consultations are not available?

It might be time to move our lens back and take a 360-degree view, in order to appreciate and incorporate what we may have overlooked, all along.

What you will learn:

•    Diagnostic skills in recognizing and establishing priorities in ethical dilemmas
•    An integral, multidimensional perspective on framing such dilemmas
•    A practical template for balancing how ethical decisions are made
•    [Indirectly] Why accountability is an essential ingredient of true professionalism

Session Information:

Date:           Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time:          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Registration, networking and morning refreshments begins at 8:30 AM)
Address:    Sandman Hotel Victoria, 2852 Douglas Street, “Orchid Room” Victoria, BC V8T 4M5

Cost:      Open to BCACC Members ONLY – $40.00 plus GST. All materials, refreshments and Lunch are included in the cost. Parking is free.

In an effort to ensure we are mindful of individual dietary needs, we will be choosing a Food and Beverage Menu that includes options suitable for vegans, vegetarians, and for those who eat gluten free.

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2019. Should you encounter a problem with registering please contact Janine Toombs at  for assistance.


About the Presenter:

John Gawthrop, MA, RCC has been Deputy Registrar of BCACC since 1996 and an NCIT-certified Regulatory Investigator since 1999. His 100+ complaint investigations for BCACC have taught him about what often triggers complaints and how best to prevent them. As an Associate Faculty member of City University in Canada, John has taught the Ethics and Law course for over 10 years in the graduate M.A. Counselling program. The common thread in all these activities is and remains a passion for one goal: the advancement of integrity.