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This seminar explores the ethical issues professionals face when caring for people and families affected by drug addiction, specifically opioid addiction. It will examine the neurobiology of opioid use and addiction.  A lineup of expert speakers will provide valuable information on the ethics and boundary issues of drug addiction, as well as opportunities to participate in case studies and discussion.

Target Audiences for this program include healthcare providers, clergy, social workers, long-term care providers, human service providers, AODA counseling providers, nurses, attorneys and homecare providers.
Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

9:00 a.m.    Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m.    The Neurobiology of Opioid Use Disorder, Why give drugs to someone with a drug problem?  
                    Presenter: Sheila Weix, MSN, RN, CARN      
                    Director of Substance Abuse Services for Family Health Center of Marshfield, Marshfield Clinic
10:15 a.m.    Break
10:30 a.m.    Ethical Considerations in Care of Persons with Opioid Addiction
                     Presenter: Leslie Stilin Schmidt, MSSW, D.Bioethics 
                     Director of Ethics Integration, Ascension Wisconsin
11:30 a.m.    Interactive Case Study and Discussions Addressing Ethical Dilemmas
12:15 p.m.    Lunch
12:45 p.m.    Where to Draw the Line: Legal and Professional Boundary Issues Providers Face     
                     Presenter: Anne Ruff, JD, MA Bioethics    
                    Attorney, Ascension Indiana
1:45 p.m.    Break
2:00 p.m.    Interactive Case Study Discussions Regarding the Nature of Complicated Professional Boundaries 
2:45 p.m.    Recap of Discussion and Closing Comments
3:00 p.m.    Adjourn


$50 - lunch provided


This program is brought to you by The Community Bioethics Committee of Price County. The mission of the committee is providing guidance for those facing difficult healthcare and bioethical decisions. This is met through bioethics education and training, drafting policies related to decision making and to consulting with professionals, families and the community for informed bioethical decisions.  The committee can be reached at 715.339.1994 or

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you are unable to attend your scheduled course, please contact us prior to the start date of the course. This will ensure that we can provide a full refund of your course fees. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevented you from attending a course, please contact our office as soon as possible. If we do not receive any correspondence from you, you will be responsible for full payment of course fees.

Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

Continuing Education & Events Assistant

Leslie develops and manages all aspects of the conference and event planning process.