**See NOTES on this page for state and license restrictions.
The 2019-2020 self-study reading-based online
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. The 6 credit course (5 credits in other jurisdictions, see NOTES) costs $30.  A certificate can be earned by registering for the course, completing the course and passing the posttest with 75% accuracy. 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. This training has been NY State-approved for LCSWs and LMSWs, and OASAS approved for re-credentialing CASACs.
Ethics for the Counseling Professions is being offered to LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, and CASACs. 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 is a research fellow at the Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, which conducts advanced research within the social sciences. IF 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 Partner to Best Practice Trainers, Inc, the organization which developed this research project, since 2018. 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. .  .

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 be able to list the three basic ethical principles which underpin the ethical codes of the social work, mental health, and/or 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 be able to 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.
Objective 4.  Participants will be able to list two general ethics guidelines, specific to technology use in the counseling profession, that can safeguard their own use of advanced technology.
Objective 5. Participants will be able to list one ethics guideline in their own professional code which pertains to the conflicted situations which immigrants to this country may face.
Objective 6. Participants will be able to list three ways in which substance use disorders affect individuals and/or society in the US.
Objective 7. Participants will be able to 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.
 (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, 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 and ASWB requirements. The study design and components have not yet  been approved by the New England  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 nor by ASWB. 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 2020. 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 appropriate 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 (IRB) OR the New England IRB that oversees the ethical conduct of research. The study was designed in compliance with NYSED, ASWB, and OASAS requirements. The study has neither been developed by nor is it endorsed by the NYSED, the ASWB ,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.  See NOTES for current ASWB status.

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 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 .

**NOTES: NYS OASAS (provider # 0806) has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training. NY State Department of Education (provider # SW-0519 and MHC-0124)and has authorized 6 credits for LMSWs,  LCSWs, and LMHCs who take this training.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.
OUTSIDE NY State:
Social Workers: We have applied for consideration of CE credits for this course through the ASWB ACE program. We are also applying for ACE NJ consideration.