NEW! –Ethics for the Counseling Professions is a course that covers ethical values which are the basis for ethical counselor practice. Course covers social work, mental health counselor and CASAC ethical codes, covers ethical decision making in the areas of confidentiality, technological advances, immigration and addictions. Bioethics research fellow Dr. Tim Campbell walks us through cases which require ethical decision-making in all areas. Course available in February, 2019.

Ethics for the Counseling Professions is a new course from BPTI. It is being offered to LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, and CASACs beginning in February, 2019. The Ethics course is being offered as part of a research study for counselors. This training  focuses on Ethical Codes for the counselors mentioned above, and demonstrates ethical decision-making practices. It specifically focuses on ethical decision making in conflicted situations. It is designed to bolster clinician confidence and motivation to use a Harms and Benefits analysis in the areas of confidentiality, technological advances, immigration and addictions.
The filmed commentaries on case scenarios are done by bioethics researcher Dr. Timothy Campbell. This training has been NY State-approved for LCSWs and LMSWs, and OASAS approved for re-crentialing CASACs. Register for the course here.

Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

The Ethics for the Counseling Professions is new for 2019. Participants will gain an understanding of the ethical underpinnings of counseling codes and how to use those general value guidelines to make ethical decisions in value-conflicted situations.

Objective 1. Participants will understand the basic ethical principles which underpin the ethical counseling codes. Participants will be able to list three basic ethical principles which underpin the ethical codes of the social work, mental health, and CASAC counseling professions.
Objective 2. Participants will be able to identify 3 general guidelines from their ethical code for their specific licensure.
Objective 3. Participants will become familiar with Harms and Benefits analyses concerning  value-conflicted situations in areas of: 1) client confidentiality, 2) technology use by counselors, 3) US immigration, 4) substance use disorders. They will be able to perform one level of a Harms and Benefits analysis in one of those areas . 
Objective 4.  Participants will understand how the advances in technology can introduce value-conflicted situations for counselors. Participants will be able to list three general ethics guidelines specific to technology use in the counseling profession. They will learn suggestions which have been made to safeguard their own use of advanced technology in the counseling profession.
Objective 5.  Participants will understand the current situation in the U.S. concerning immigration. They will be able to list two ways in which they can improve their cultural competence.
Objective 6. Participants will understand the current situation in the U.S. concerning addiction. Participants will be able to list three ways in which substance use disorders affect individuals and society in the US.

Timed Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced
1.
 (1.0 hours) General ethical principles and how those principles are expressed in Counselor Codes of Conduct
 2. (.5 hours) Demonstration of a Harms and Benefits analysis using the Tarasoff Decision which poses a value conflict concerning client confidentiality, highlighting a conflict between client Autonomy and Beneficence.
 3. (1.0 hours) General outline of technological advances which have affected the counseling professions
 4. (.5 hours) Demonstration of a Harms and Benefits analysis using the Ngole case which posed a value conflict concerning the use of technology by a social work student, highlighting a conflict between student Autonomy and client Beneficence and Justice
 5. (1.0 hours) General outline of U.S. immigration issues.
 6.  (.5  hours) Demonstration of a Harms and Benefits analysis using a hypothetical immigration case which poses a value conflict for those in the counseling profession.
 7. (1.0 hours) General outline of U.S. addiction prevalence, and biopsychosocial effects of addiction on individuals.
8. (.5 hours) Demonstration of a Harms and Benefits analysis using a hypothetical case in which issues of addiction pose a value conflict for those in the counseling profession.

Terms and Conditions of the Study:

When you choose to participate in the Ethics for the Counseling Professions training, you are also agreeing to participate in a research study which involves ethical protections, testing, group assignment, protection of confidentiality, and risks and benefits as described in the Important Research Components section.

About the trainings

The study was designed in compliance with NYSED requirements. The study design and components have been approved by the Hummingbird Institutional Review Board (IRB) that oversees the ethical conduct of research. The study has neither been developed by nor is it endorsed by the New York State Education Department. This training costs $30 to register. After payment, you will be sent a link to begin the training. You will also receive an access code with which you can log into the training site.
When you are logged in, you will see your Homepage which will allow you to take a (required) pre-test. After you have completed the pre-test, you will have access to the Ethics training.

You will have access to these training materials throughout 2019. At any time during that period, you will be able to take the posttest. If you complete the posttest with a score of 75% or greater, you will be sent your certificate of completion which documents your name, the trainers’ names, the NYSED provider number and your earned CEUs. If you do not get a score of 75% or greater on the posttest, you may take the training again as an “open book” test once.

Contact information: If you have any questions about the training or study, please contact me, Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. at (845) 810-0022,  or through the e-mail at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or through the postal service at Best Practice Trainers, Inc., P.O. Box 1042, New Paltz, NY 12561. I am one of the directors of the study. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Hummingbird IRB at 855-447-2123 (toll free).

● Important Research Components

Ethical and other Quality Protection Measures: The study design and components have been approved by the Hummingbird Institutional Review Board that oversees the ethical conduct of research. The study was designed in compliance with NYSED and OASAS requirements. The study has neither been developed by nor is it endorsed by the NYSED or by OASAS.

The training information has been approved by the NYSED for CEUs for New York State social workers and mental health counselors. It has been approved by OASAS for re-credentialing CASACs.  All trainers are substance abuse and mental health clinicians, with a total of over 80 years’ experience providing services to clients with mental health issues. Their credentials have been approved by the NYSED and by OASAS.

Testing: Participation in this study is entirely voluntary. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete registration which will request acknowledgment that you are participating in a research study. You will also be asked to complete a pre-test prior to the training, and a post-test after you complete the course (10 minutes for each) which asks questions about you, your perceptions of your practice, and your understanding of the ethical requirements of your profession.

Confidentiality: Your participation and responses will be kept confidential to the full extent of the law. All findings will be reported as group trends, not individual reports. Only de-identified data will be collected. The master list of codes, names of trainees, email addresses, the list of which group they are in, the pretest, and post test answers will be kept in the Principal Investigator’s computer, which is password protected. The paper copies of the master list and any paper copies of questionnaires and certificates will be kept in a locked file drawer at the home of the Principal Investigator, and to which only the Principal Investigator will have the key. This master list, all the questionnaires and all copies will be destroyed after 3 years. Certificates will be kept on file as long as NYSED or OASAS requires.

Risks and Benefits: The only known risk is that you might experience very minor discomfort when answering some of the questions on the questionnaires, but this is not expected to exceed what you experience in conversation with colleagues. You may exercise your option to not answer any question by choosing “I prefer not to answer this question.” You may stop completing the questionnaires at any time. There is no direct benefit to you for your participation in this study; however your participation may contribute to knowledge about clinical practice in several ways. When the study is complete, the results will be made available on www.bestpracticetrainers.org and on www. connectionscounseling.org .