Clinical Ethics Consultation Training Workshops

Develop and enhance your clinical ethics consultation skills in an interactive small-group environment.

Faculty in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences have been devoted to broadening public and health professional understanding of the ethical dimensions of health care since 1977. They bring years of experience helping health care providers, patients and families to successfully address complex ethical challenges in patient care, and assisting health care organizations to develop policy and procedures that optimize the delivery of ethically sound care.

What Will I Learn?

During the workshop, learners practice:

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  • Identifying ethical problems
  • Responding to an ethical question
  • Steps of the consultation process
  • Avoiding pitfalls in the ethics consultation process
  • Ethics consultation skills
  • Writing a consultation report

Who Will Be Teaching?

Workshops will be led by at least two faculty from the Center for Ethics with experience in clinical ethics consultation and policy. Since the workshop format is highly interactive, workshop participants will also be learning from one another.

Who Should Attend?

  • Those serving on their institution’s ethics committee who are interested in performing ethics consults
  • Those actively performing ethics consults who would like to enhance or refresh their skills
  • Nurse and nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, primary care and specialty physicians, hospital chaplains, and social workers who participate in clinical ethics consultations



  • Welcome and Workshop Overview
  • Identifying an Ethical Question
  • Responding to an Ethical Question
  • Understanding the Ethics Consultation Process
  • Avoiding Pitfalls in Ethics Consultation
  • Lunch


  • Practicing Consultation Skills
  • Writing an Ethics Consultation Report
  • Faculty guided discussion of workshop content, workshop evaluations

Participant Feedback

“The skills and knowledge will help me approach ethical issues in my practice more clearly and to educate my patients and trainees.”

“I would recommend this workshop for all ethics committee members or those involved in ethics consults. Case studies were well thought out and challenging, very realistic. Many hit home. The workshop exceeded my expectations.”

“I will now feel more comfortable when called to ethics consult.”

“Excellent workshop, very applicable and helpful for patient care and working through ethical differences in a hospital.”

Scheduling Your Workshop

We come to you.
Our clinical ethics consultation training workshop will be held at your location. Please contact us for more information, including:

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  • Available Dates
  • Continuing Education Credit
  • Cancellation Policy

For more information and to schedule a workshop, please write to: clinical.ethics @, or call us at: (517) 355-7550.

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Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks prior to the workshop.


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Leonard Fleck, PhD
Acting Director, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences;
Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Department of Philosophy
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Doug Olsen, PhD, RN
Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences;
Associate Professor, College of Nursing


Devan Stahl
Devan Stahl, PhD
Assistant Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development
Tom Tomlinson
Tom Tomlinson, PhD
Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Department of Philosophy