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ODL 268: Ethical Leadership Institute: An Exploration of Leadership Principles and Ethics for Helping Professionals to Improve Outcomes

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Created on 04/26/2024

Target Audience:

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


According to recent research, Ethical Leadership is “leadership demonstrating and promoting normatively appropriate conduct through personal actions and interpersonal relationships.”  This definition embodies the ethical codes of social workers, counselors, nurses and case managers.  In this dynamic training we explore the traits and best practices of ethical leaders, servant leaders, and practical ways to implement these in your daily jobs and lives.  Our training begins with discussions of ethical standards around leadership and examining ethical principles from our various codes that correspond with strong ethical leadership.  Then, we explore the qualities of servant leadership which can serve as a firm foundation of ethical leadership and best practices to implement ethical leadership principles.  Finally, this training ends with discussions around new ethical perspectives we may have gained. As we strive for excellence in our professions, this training allows you to explore best practices in ethical leadership with the goal of ultimately improving outcomes for our clients.  

Course Objectives:

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

  • Name five ethical standards (from social work, counseling, case management and nursing) and state how they overlap the principles of ethical leadership in the different disciplines 
  • Discover three ethical principles and traits that can assist as you may move into a leadership role 
  • Identify three standards from servant leadership as they apply to ethical leadership
  • Examine the five qualities necessary and ethical perspectives to cultivate leadership skills
  • Summarize their role in becoming or remaining active leaders who serve their profession, the public and allied professionals.


Jean Ferguson Ruffin, J.D., Ed.D, Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement at the University of West Georgia

Dr. Jean Ferguson Ruffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. She teaches graduate courses in educational leadership, specializing in school law and ethics, educational equity, and culturally proficient leadership. Her research agenda is primarily focused on culturally proficient leadership. Prior to her work in higher education, she worked in K12 education as a consultant, an associate superintendent of schools, and a school improvement specialist.

Jessica Patterson, LMSW, DSW, and CEU Creations Educational Manager

Jessica Patterson, LMSW, DSW, is a licensed social worker with over ten years of experience working in different systems. Jessica has a strong passion for teaching, training, and professional development. She also has a strong background around creating trauma informed systems, social emotional behavioral health and the implementation of community and individual support systems. 

Jessica has created and facilitated many professional development trainings throughout her career. Jessica’s role at CEU Creations includes developing curriculum, working with licensure boards, and presenting at various CE trainings. 

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in organizational management and sociology from Ashford University. She received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Iowa and her Doctoral degree in Social Work from Capella University. Jessica is a licensed Social Worker through the state of Iowa. Jessica currently lives in Iowa with her husband, four children, two dogs, and cat. Any spare moment that Jessica has is usually spent running or reading. 


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 5 Ethics CE Credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 5 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 5 Ethics Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 5 Contact Hours
Counselors 5 Ethics Hours or 5 Contact Hours*
NBCC ACEP – 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.