College of Health

School of Social Work

Group Work Institute: Navigating Ethical Challenges in Group Work Practice

Navigating Ethical Challenges in Group Work

Learn to apply ethical strategies in the context of group work

Date & Time:

Friday, March 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



$45 general; $5 SSW students


University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
McNeely Hall, Room 100



Review theory regarding ethics and its application to group work including, ethical frameworks, principles, and strategies to address ethical dilemmas. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to think critically about group work dilemmas in the practice areas of school, healthcare, involuntary clients and community-based groups.

Main Presenter:  Mary Tinucci, MSW, LICSW

Mary is a clinical social worker with 27 years of social work experience.  For most of her career, she held a variety of unique social work positions in Saint Paul Public Schools, all rooted in group work.  She developed The (Poetry) LAB, employing the therapeutic use of poetry and creativity with youth struggling with emotional/behavioral disorders; she developed the Out for Equity Program to support LGBTQ youth, staff and families; she worked for the educational stability of youth in foster care; and developed support groups for middle school youth struggling with depression.  Mary also offers therapeutic and supportive writing circles for women, and training for teachers and social service providers who want to employ creativity and poetry in group work to support the emotional well-being of youth and adults.

Small group facilitators:

  • Tanya Rand, MSW, LICSW
  • Mike Chovanec, MSW, LICSW
  • Louise Anderson, MSW, LICSW


  • To increase awareness and understanding of ethical considerations in group work practice
  • To learn about the application of ethical strategies in the context of group work
  • To learn strategies for managing conflict related to differing values in a group
  • Explore the possibilities of ethical dilemmas in various group work practice settings

3 CEHs

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.