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Practical Wisdom in the Professions


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Friday, June 7, 2024 | 10:00 AM -1:15 PM (ET) | Fully Online Workshop


In today's rapidly evolving world, the demand for ethical decision-making and wise judgment has never been more crucial. This course offers a comprehensive exploration of practical wisdom, or phronesis, within professional practice. Throughout this course, Kristján Kristjánsson Ph.D will delve into five key units to provide a holistic understanding of practical wisdom in professional practice with a sound philosophical basis that has been refined through well over a decade of empirical research.

In Unit 1: Introduction to Professional Ethics, Dr. Kristjánsson will lay the foundation by exploring the fundamental principles of professional ethics. The importance of ethical conduct, the challenges professionals face, and the ethical frameworks that guide decision-making will be examined. Then, building upon the understanding of professional ethics, in Unit 2: Key concepts, Dr. Kristjánsson will dive deeper into key concepts such as character, virtue, and phronesis—the practical wisdom necessary to make sound judgments in complex professional situations.

Unit 3: A neo-Aristotelian model of phronesis in professional practice will introduce a cutting-edge neo-Aristotelian model of phronesis, specifically tailored to the demands of modern professional practice. The models of decision-making, problem-solving, and ethical leadership will be explored. In Unit 4: Cultivating phronesis at work, the focus will be shifted to the practical aspect of developing phronesis. The practical strategies and techniques to cultivate wisdom in professional settings will be learned, fostering ethical decision-making, personal growth, and professional excellence.

Finally, in Unit 5: Collective phronesis, organizations, and leadership, the concept of collective phronesis will be explored, examining how organizations can foster a culture of wisdom and ethical practices. This unit is particularly relevant for organizational leaders seeking to transform their workplaces into environments that embody ethical values and excellence. Through this short course, valuable insights, practical tools, and case studies will be gained to apply in the professional practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Compare different approaches to professional ethics and identify the uniqueness of a virtue-based approach.
  2. Identify the phronesis construct and its relevance for professional practice.
  3. Apply lessons from 1) and 2) to the rough and tumble of their own professional work.

Timeline and Requirements:

The workshop will take place on Friday, June 7, 2024. This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed below, and we only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events. Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Application for MaMHCA/MCEAP continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at for the status of CEs for LMHCs.

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes June 7 at 10:00 AM. Refunds will be granted only up until the start of the workshop. No refunds will be granted for errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, scheduling conflicts, etc.).

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Conflict of Interest Notification

A potential conflict of interest, commercial support, and/or commercial interest applies to sponsoring organizations, the presenter, and the content of the presentation. Participants are advised that the presenter's books are listed on the promotional materials and will be referenced in the professional development. Thus, there are potential biases inherent in accepting inducements that might affect the selection of texts, the use of particular tests, and/or sponsorship of CE courses. During this program, Dr. Kristján Kristjánsson will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach offered as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks, if any exist.


Kristján Kristjánsson (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, UK. His research orientation is that of Aristotle-inspired philosophical scrutiny of theories in educational psychology and values education, with special emphasis on the notions of character and virtuous emotions. He has written extensively on themes in moral education, educational psychology, moral philosophy, and professional ethics. He has published over 200 articles in international journals and is the editor of the Journal of Moral Education.