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Ethics for the Counseling Professions

2.25 CEs (NYS Clinicians) & 6CEs (CASACs) | $39.50 | Timothy Campbell, Ph.D

Join bioethicist Dr. Tim Campbell for a deep dive into ethics decision-making in the areas of technology, immigration, and addictions. The course will familiarize clinicians with values underpinning ethical codes and with ethical decision-making skills. Filmed commentaries on case scenarios are done by bioethics researcher Dr. Tim Campbell, who walks us through cases which require ethical decision-making in all areas.

Created in 2019, the 2022  Ethics for the Counseling Professions course is a two and a quarter hour long beginning to intermediate level online, self-study audio/video course which features a case-centered approach and instruction in ethical decision-making using Harms/Benefit analysis.

Course Agenda (timed): self-paced, expected to complete in 2.25 hours.
1. (1.0 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. (1.25 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. 

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

What you get from this offer

Access to the course

Get access to a 2.25-hour long course.

Approved CEs

The completion of the course will grant you up to 6 CEs (depending on your degree, see information at the top).


Understand and use the insights in your own practice.

Approved credits


Recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (#0806) and has individual course and provider level approval to offer CEs for these webinars to NYS re-credentialing CASACs. 

For NYS Clinicians

Recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs for these recorded webinars 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.

All Other Social Workers*

Ethics for the Counseling Professions (#4190) has been approved by the ASWB ACE program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as an individual course that is available for CEs for social workers in the US and Canada. 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: 5/29/2022 – 5/29/2024. *See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.

About the authors

Timothy Campbell, Ph.D. and Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D

Course Author

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. 

Course Narrator

Ruth 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. (BPTI), which has a research and training mission.

She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and over 20 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer. Read her bio here.

Completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a course evaluation and posttest with at least 75% accuracy.

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