Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Work

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Friday, February 24, 2017
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"One of the best ethics workshops I've been a part of. Thank you!"

"I really appreciated the interactive scenarios and discussion, differing views were great to hear."

"Thank you for teaching me how Ethical Dilemmas can be so complex, and how I can respond in so many ways if I think about the situation."

Your Training Description

Ethical dilemmas can be among the hardest challenges for youth workers. They often surface unexpectedly and require a response with little time to think. Youth workers need to be prepared for that moment when we will confront an ethical dilemma. Gain a fuller understanding of the multi-faceted process of resolving ethical challenges. Learn about ethical dilemmas that frequently occur in youth programs and examine the ethical principles and values that guide youth work.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the five categories of dilemmas based on research
  • Explore your own stance on a set of real-world dilemma scenarios
  • Examine principles and values that guide ethical youth work practice

Your Trainers

Image of Kate Walker

Kate Walker is an Associate Professor and Specialist in Youth Work Practice at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Kate leads professional development programs aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of youth work practice. Her research explores the dilemmas that practitioners face in their everyday work with young people and strategies for addressing these challenges.

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Kathryn Sharpe is an Assistant Professor and Extension Educator in the Urban Office at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Her primary work in youth development centers on creating programs where diverse young people can thrive. This includes building the capacity of youth workers and volunteers to work with young people. She has led the development of many civic engagement/youth leadership clubs and experiences focused on engaging traditionally underserved communities, especially immigrant communities.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: ETHICS.

Reinforce your responsibility to adhere to guidelines for professional behavior, role model self-management, and set and maintain healthy boundaries.

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This training will count as 2 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.