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The Ethics for the Counseling Professions webinar introduces the idea of DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Years) to help determine the weight of the “right” action in an ethical dilemma. Commentaries on Ethics cases by  Tim Campbell, Ph.D. bioethicist suggest how theory can be integrated with practice.

Timothy Campbell, Ph.D.

About the Course

Ethics for the Counseling Professions webinar is self-paced and 4.25 hr ($70) in length. This online, self-study webinar, created in 2021-2022 for the continuing education needs of social workers and other clinicians covers ethical values which are the basis for ethical counselor practice. The continuing education course covers: social work, mental health counselor and CASAC (NAADAC) ethical codes; ethical decision making in the areas of confidentiality, technological advances, immigration and addictions. This webinar introduces the idea of DALYs to help determine the weight of the “right” action in an ethical dilemma. Commentaries on Ethics cases by  Tim Campbell, Ph.D. bioethicist suggest how theory can be integrated with practice. See “course completion requirements” to find how to earn a certificate for this continuing education course. **See NOTES on this page for state and license restrictions.

Course Learning Objectives

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. describe one way in which DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Years) can be used in a Harms/Benefit analysis.

3. perform the first level of a Harms and Benefits analysis for one of the following value-conflicted situations: client confidentiality, technology use by counselors,  substance use disorders.

4. list two general ethics guidelines, specific to technology use in the counseling profession, that can safeguard my own use of advanced technology.

5. list one ethics guideline in their own professional ethics 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.

8. describe one treatment option for families in which there is active substance use.

Course Agenda (timed): self-paced, expected to complete in 4.25 hours

1. (.75 hour)
 General ethics principles and review of the Counselor codes of conduct of various organizations which underpin the counseling practice of various groups (NAADAC, NASW, ACA)
2. (.5 hour) Discussion of Tarasoff decision, using DALYs to illustrate a Harms/Benefit analysis.  

3. (.5 hour) Discussion of the ethical issues in counselor use of technology
4. (1.5 hour) Discussion of addiction issues, the ethical points of confidentiality, especially in addictions cases, discussion of a case which highlights issues of confidentiality, couples’ dynamics, and mandated reporter issues, with the use of DALYs to perform a Harms/Benefit analysis in a case involving addiction. 
5. (1.0 hours) 
Discussion of immigration issues and various ethical dilemmas that emerge in cases that involve immigration. Use of DALYs to weigh the potential choices in a Harms/Benefit analysis involving immigration.


About the Ethics 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. Read his bio here. 

Other Specifics:

CE Information
This is a 4.25 CE course for NYS SWers and LMHCs. Cost is $70 and includes CE credit.
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 face ethical dilemmas in their work with clients.
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete an online course evaluation and a posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Anyone who does not pass the posttest with 75% accuracy can get a second chance using the training materials. Further attempts will require authorization by the CE Director. Certificates of completion will be available immediately on successful completion of the course. Course credit cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course. 

DISABILITIES and technical difficulties: For disabilities and/or technical difficulties, please contact Ruth at 845-255-5022 or email Ruth at for assistance. Contacting may also 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 or by phone at 845-255-5022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

Contact information:  If you have any questions about the training or study, please contact me, Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. at (845)255-5022,  or through the e-mail at 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 the New England IRB at 800-232-9570 (toll free).

NYS CASACs: see the CASACs tab for specifics about earning CEs for this course.

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 and All Other Social Workers: An ASWB ACE application has been submitted for this course in March, 2022.  Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.