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February 28th, 2012

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08:05 am - I sent this email to the presenter at a training I attended last week
(The training was a three-hour evening event on Ethics in Senior Care for social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, etc.)

I was left frustrated and confused by some of the digressions in your talk.

Don't get me wrong, I like a good laugh, and I like to discuss controversial social or political topics with my friends. But it became hard to keep track of which statements were a)jokes, b)statements of opinion on a controversial issue which you were willing to defend, c)"test balloons" on which you weren't really expressing an opinion either way, or d)controversial statements that (I hope) you weren't really looking to spend time discussing because they were so far off topic. An example of D would be when you said, "There's no difference between Obama and Romney," or something to that effect.

Also, it's easy to toss around supposed statistics and other facts without having available information to back them up. You might have heard the saying, "90% of statistics are made up on the spot." If a statement is really relevant to the topic, for instance that married men are happier than single men and that they tend to remarry right after their wives die, you should cite sources. If it's not relevant, well...

I'm sure I'd have a great time exploring ethical questions over a cup of coffee with you, but I walked away from a three-hour training thinking that only about one hour was actually about Ethics In Senior Care.

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Date:February 28th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Nice. An ethics training that leaves you with an even murkier picture than you had before.

It's bad enough that social work ethics are not black and white.

As an social work ethics trainer, I'm not amused.

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