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The 2019-2020  “
Ethics for the Counseling Professions” course was developed in 2019 for social work and other clinical professionals. It will familiarize clinicians with values underpinning ethical codes and with ethical decision-making skills, specifically Harms-Benefit analysis instruction for cases demonstrating ethical conflicts. It features commentary on typical clinical ethical dilemmas by bioethicist Dr. Tim Campbell. See “course completion requirements” to find how to earn a certificate for this course. Register for the course here.
About the course:
“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. 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, who walks us through cases which require ethical decision-making in all areas.
“Ethics for the Counseling Professions”  is being offered to NYS LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, and CASACs. This is a 6 CE course for NYS clinicians. Cost is $30 and includes CE credit. Random clinicians will be offered the course for free  as part of a research study for counselors. More about the research aspects can be found here
Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.

Target audience: Social workers and other clinical professionals who work with clients with Substance Use Disorders.
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

About the Author/Instructor:

Tim Campbell, Ph.D. is a research fellow at the Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, which conducts advanced research within the social sciences. The Institute for Futures Studies promotes a future-oriented research perspective, and contributes to the public debate through its seminars and publication activities. Dr. Campbell has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rutgers University. He is  a member of the Continuing Education Advisory Committee of Best Practice Trainers, Inc, the organization which developed this research project. His interest in this particular project in the ethics field stems from his interest in ethical dilemmas concerning quality of life.  


Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

 1.  list the three basic ethical principles which underpin the ethical codes of the social work, mental health, and/or CASAC counseling professions.
 2.  identify 3 general guidelines from their ethical code for their specific licensure.
3.  perform the first level of a Harms and Benefits analysis concerning  value-conflicted situations in areas of: 1) client confidentiality, 2) technology use by counselors, 3) US immigration, 4) substance use disorders.
4.   list two general ethics guidelines, specific to technology use in the counseling profession, that can safeguard their own use of advanced technology.
5.  list one ethics guideline in their own professional code which pertains to the conflicted situations which immigrants to this country may face.
6. list three ways in which substance use disorders affect individuals and/or society in the US.
7. identify one ethics guideline,  specific to conflicts which face counselors of clients with Substance Use Disorders, that can safeguard client recovery efforts.

Timed Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced
 (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.

DISABILITIES: For technical difficulties/disabilitiessuch as not having devices with technology which meets operating system requirements, or having difficulty with that technology, paper copies of pretests and posttests can be mailed.
For those with hearing difficulties, the courses have a written narrative which may be accessed with the click of a button. For those who are “print-disabled,” the courses are narrated.
Other difficulties with technology (can’t open a second window on your device, can’t get access to the training site, can’t remember password, etc.) may be able to be remedied by contacting helpdesk@bestpracticetrainers.org which may be able to give assistance.
GRIEVANCES: BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here BPTI_Grievance policy  Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

Terms and Conditions of the “Ethics for the Counseling Professions” Research Study: Please click on the link to read about the terms and conditions of the research study of which the Ethics course is a part .

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 (845)255-5022,  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).

Risks and Benefits: The only known risk is that you might experience very minor discomfort when answering some of the questions on the 

**NOTES: NYS OASAS (provider # 0806) has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training (provider level and individual course approval). 
NYS Social Workers: BPTI is a recognized CE provider for NYS SWers (provider # SW-0519) and LMHCs  (MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs to NYS SWers and LMHCs.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.
NJ Social Workers: Our organization has applied for consideration of CE credits to ASWB ACE for each of these recorded audio/video based online courses.
All Other Social Workers:
Our organization has submitted an application for consideration of approval as an ASWB ACE provider. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.