Ethics & Boundaries

Get the skills and certification you need to navigate the complicated ethics and boundaries dilemmas of our time

The field of Ethics & Boundaries is constantly evolving. The rules and laws change, new points of reference for decision-making emerge, and research in social science, economics, and biology is providing exciting new data for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other clinicians and practitioners. UW-Madison Continuing Studies’ unique combination of experience, innovation, and credibility can help you improve your practice, maintain your certifications, and stand out in an increasingly competitive environment.

At a glance

What: High-quality ethics and boundaries workshops and classes

Who: Taught by leading psychologists and forensic psychiatrists in the field of ethics and boundaries

Certification: Programs meet multiple professional requirements and standards for continuing education

Questions? Contact program coordinator Kristi Obmascher at or 608-262-8971

Meet your presenters

David Mays (MD, PhD) is the past forensic director at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison and serves on the clinical faculty at UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Awards include the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.

Gary Schoener (PhD) is a clinical psychologist and director of consultation and training for the Walk-In Counseling Center in Minneapolis, after having served as executive director for 37 years. He is an author, expert witness, and internationally known consultant and trainer on issues of ethics, professional boundaries, and risk management.

Doug Smith (MA, MSc, MDiv) is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant with more than 25 years' experience as a counselor, therapist, and health care administrator, working in hospitals, hospices, and social service agencies. He wrote The Tao of DyingBeing a Wounded Healer, and several other books on grieving and caregiving.

Mary Spranger (MSW) is a licensed clinical social worker, and coordinator for the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program. Previous experience includes working as a case manager for individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness. She was a medical social worker at Meriter Hospital for 6 years, serving behavioral health patients in the ER and working extensively on medical/surgical units and in the birthing center.

Upcoming classes/workshops
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W, Oct 22, 8am-5pm  •  Unit 1: 0.4 CEU, $80 | Unit 2: 0.4 CEU, $80 | Both Units: 0.8 CEU, $150
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