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Tim Campbell, Ph.D.

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Ethics for the Counseling Professions course was developed in 2019, and updated in 2022 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. 2022 updates include: current information on US state status of the duty to protect laws, current immigration information, and current substance use disorder information. See “course completion requirements” to find how to earn a certificate for this course.

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About the course:
Ethics for the Counseling Professions
is a course that covers ethical values which are the basis for ethical counselor practice. The 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.
CE Information This is a 2.0 CE course for all social workers (ASWB ACE approved as an individual course), NYS SWers and LMHCs. Cost is $35 and includes CE credit. Random clinicians will be offered the course for free  as part of a research study for counselors. 
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


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. 


About the Narrator Instructor:
The voice of the narrator in this course is that of Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. She is currently in private practice in New York City and in upstate NY. She is the Continuing Education Director of the non-profit organization Best Practice Trainers, Inc., which has a research and training mission. She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and 20 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. Read her bio here.


 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 for one of the following value-conflicted situations: client confidentiality, technology use by counselors, US immigration, 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 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.

Course Agenda (timed): self-paced, expected to complete in 2 hours.
1. (.5 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. (1.5 hours)
Discussion of various ethics dilemmas in areas of 1) client confidentiality, 2) technological advances in the counseling professions, 3) immigration, 4) addiction, 
with the use of a Harms and Benefits analysis. 
Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, complete a pretest, 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.

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 this course is a part .

Contact information:  If you have any questions about the training or the 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 WCG IRB at 855-818-2289.

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:

Ethics for the Counseling Professions, #2816, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as an individual course. 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. ACE course approval period: 5/29/2020 – 5/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 ethics continuing education credits. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.