On-Demand CE Training

ODL 205: Spirituality, Cultural Humility, and Ethics for the Helping Professional

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Created on 05/16/24

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


This five hour training will start with a discussion around utilizing spirituality in the clinical setting. Spirituality can be an integral component in people’s lives and a useful tool as we interact with our clients/patients. The training will provide a rationale for integrating a spiritual approach as we provide support for our clients and patients, along with the ethical role of the helping professional in working with diverse populations. Practical strategies for incorporating spiritual assessments and interventions into these clinical settings will be presented. The second half of the presentation will focus on cultural humility. As helping professionals, we know the importance of cultural competency in the practice environment. Cultural competency focuses on gaining knowledge and understanding of different cultures and practices. However, in order to provide a client-centered and ethical provision of care – a newer idea has emerged around the concept of cultural humility. In this thought-provoking discussion, we will take this practice one step further to acknowledge and reflect on our personal experiences, biases, and prejudices. Embarking on a journey of critical self-reflection, discovery, and humility.


Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in the social services field. Diane has held positions as a therapist (in-home and outpatient), private practice owner, trainer/facilitator, clinical supervisor, and Professor of Social Work. She also has experience in corporate wellness training and coaching. Diane is most passionate about providing quality educational training to professionals. She enjoys spoiling her four Dachshunds and anything 80’s related.

Linda Ellis, MEd, MDiv, LPC

Linda Ellis, MEd, MDiv, LPC, has served as the Executive Director of the Health Initiative since January of 2002. The Health Initiative is committed to the health and wellbeing of Georgia’s LGBT community. Prior to joining The Health Initiative, Linda was the first Executive Director of YouthPride, Inc. Linda has Master degrees in both theology and family therapy. A licensed therapist, she is a skilled organizational leader with a proven ability to generate support in a variety of stakeholder communities. 

As the Executive Director of The Health Initiative, Linda has expanded both the reach and reputation of the organization, developing a strong network of healthcare providers committed to providing culturally sensitive care to lesbians and other members of the LGBT community. Increasingly, the work of the Health Initiative focuses on increasing access to supportive healthcare for those at the margins of the community, including LGBT seniors and those individuals who are under or uninsured. Linda has worked hard to expand The Health Initiative’s partnerships with mainstream providers and systems, and currently serves as co-chair of Fulton County’s Smoke Free Community Coalition and is a member of Piedmont Healthcare’s Bioethics Committee, Emory University’s Hope Clinic’s Community Advisory Board and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Family Advisory Council.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Define spirituality and self-care
  • Name two spiritual practices of self-care 
  • Create a reflective action plan to implement self-care into your daily practice
  • Define cultural humility
  • Summarize the difference between cultural competency and cultural humility
  • Restate the three main principles of cultural humility
  • Identify the ethical codes that apply to cultural humility in the practice environment


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 3 Cultural Competency and 2 Ethics CE credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 5 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 5  Contact Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 5 Contact Hours
NBCC ACEP – 3 Contact Hours and 2 Ethics Hours or 5 Contact Hours
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 5 Contact Hours*

* Some states do not require/accept ethics hours for counselors, for those cases contact hours will be awarded.

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.