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Creative Ways to Learn Ethics
An Experiential Training Manual for Helping Professionals

ISBN 9781138587977
Published December 3, 2018 by Routledge
198 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Creative Ways to Learn Ethics is an accessible, easy-to-read guide that compiles a variety of ethics trainings to help professionals stimulate their minds, relieve stress, and increase engagement and memory retention. The book uses a range of experiential and thought-provoking approaches, including contemplative exercises, expressive arts, games, and media. Each chapter contains objectives, detailed procedures, adaptations for different audiences, and handouts. Trainers, educators, clinicians, and other mental health professionals can use these exercises in various settings and modify them to meet the needs of their clients.

Table of Contents

Section One: Using Games to Learn Ethics

1. Going Once, Going Twice: The Ethical Values Auction

2. Ethical Code Scavenger Hunt

3. Ethics Trivia Game

4. Ethical Charades

5. The Slippery Slope of Ethics

6. Building Ethical Organizations

Section Two: Using Contemplative Exercises to Learn Ethics

7. Writing Your Ethical Eulogy

8. Ethics on a Cloudy Day: Developing Action Plans for Technologically Cloudy Questions

9. Supervisory Ethics

10. Developing Ethical Resources

11. Developing Ethical Rituals

Section Three: Using Expressive Arts to Learn Ethics

12. Setting Ethical Boundaries with Your Body

13. Embodied Ethics

14. Ethics in Motion

15. The Many Faces of Ethics: Making Masks

16. The Grain of Truth: Enacting Ethics Through the Use of Sand Trays

17. Ethical Sculptures

18. Creating Ethical Super Powers

Section Four: Using Media to Learn Ethics

19. The Ethics of In Treatment

20. Picture Perfect Ethics


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Dayna Guido, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, consultant, educator, and trainer. She has a private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, and specializes in providing clinical supervision. She has been teaching graduate school for over 20 years as an adjunct instructor in clinical mental health counseling at Lenoir-Rhyne University, in the School of Social Work in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in the Department of Social Work at Eastern Tennessee State University. Dayna is the co-author of The Parental Tool Box for Parents and Clinicians. She also serves on the NASW-NC Chapter Ethics Committee. She can be reached at


"Creative Ways to Learn Ethics provides readers with an imaginative, outside-the-box way to grapple with complex ethical issues. Dayna Guido shares a wide range of hands-on exercises designed to enhance professionals’ grasp of ethics-related challenges. The book’s user-friendly approach will appeal to practitioners who enjoy experiential learning. Creative Ways to Learn Ethics offers a useful supplement to prominent scholarly literature on professional ethics."

Frederic Reamer, PhD, professor, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

"Dayna Guido’s creative ideas bring ethics to life. She highlights important ethical issues with relevant, interesting, and engaging activities. Each chapter contains detailed descriptions of the activity, resources needed, and tips to adapt the activity based on audience or time constraints. This is an excellent resource for educators and trainers."

Tina M. Souders, PhD, JD, MSW, LCSW, clinical associate professor and director, Winston-Salem 3-Year MSW Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work