Best Intentions: Why You Fail to Do What's Right

The next P2F2 quarterly webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 5th from 2:30 - 4:30 Eastern Time and will be led by Dr. Toby Groves, who is approved as an Ohio Ethics trainer. The title of the webinar is "Best Intentions: Why You Fail to Do What's Right."

A primary reason we fail to do what’s right is that we neglect to see the important ethical aspects of a situation in the first place.  Therefore, training our brains to notice the moral and ethical facets of our environment is critical to ethical reasoning.  When we are aware of the ethical aspects of a situation, we lack objectivity about our own ethical views and rationalize behavior that supports those views.  This class explains the psychology behind why we fail to detect the ethical parts of a decision and what we can do to gain awareness and objectivity to improve ethical reasoning.  During this webinar we will hear Dr. Toby Groves discuss unconscious bias, ethical elements found in any situation, uncovering our own unique ethical blind spots, and ethical thinking patterns.

After attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain how reflection and foresight help to examine ethical decision behavior
  • Recognize and identify the hidden ethical components of situations
  • List three reasons we falsely predict we will be ethical in the future

Dr. Toby Groves spoke at the 2022 P2F2 annual conference in Philadelphia.  Here are some of the comments we received after his sessions:

 "Very engaging speaker and a fresh take on ethics training."
"Fantastic presentation, one of the best ethics classes I've attended!"
"This guy definitely got me thinking differently, more intensely about ethics and had me double checking myself."

The webinar is free for P2F2 members.  If you have others from your system who want to attend, the cost is just $50 for nonmembers.  Registration closes on Friday, December 1st.  To register, login to the P2F2 website and click on “Events & Registrations” on the sidebar menu.  Attendees can earn up to 2 CPE credits in Behavioral Ethics.  


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