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Substance Abuse Counselor Ethics, Confidentiality, and Boundaries

$36.00 [9.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #06-846

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CE Course Description

Adhering to ethical standards is essential to the safe and effective delivery of care to individuals seeking addiction treatment.  Specific codes of ethics, as well as state and federal laws, have been developed to guide addiction professionals in their delivery of professional care to individuals seeking their services.  The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course is to provide an overview, from several resources specific to alcohol and drug counselors, of the guidelines of ethics, confidentiality, and boundaries for their profession. The course also reviews the most essential and universal principles of health care ethics, while highlighting how to effectively resolve the ethical dilemmas that may arise while delivering care to individuals in need. 

CE Course Objectives

1. Identify strategies for addiction professionals to effectively manage and resolve the various types of ethical dilemmas and challenges that may arise.

2. Describe the four cornerstones of health care ethics and discuss protective measures and safeguards to ensure these standards are adhered to.

3. Evaluate NAADAC’s Code of Ethics and determine how addition professionals use its principles to guide their delivery of professional care to individuals seeking their services.

4. Summarize state-specific ethical standards for addiction professionals.   

5. Examine laws and regulations that protect and safeguard confidentiality for clients seeking substance abuse treatment.

6. Outline the seven fundamental steps of decision-making for addiction professionals seeking to resolve ethical dilemmas.

7. Determine how addiction professionals can best maintain personal/professional boundaries as well as competency and integrity.

8. Review numerous case studies that scrutinize ethical conflicts faced by addiction professionals.


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Board Approval Status

Psychologists

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Alaska YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arizona YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arkansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
California YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Colorado YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Connecticut YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Delaware YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
District of Columbia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Florida YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Accepts Florida Board of Psychology (CE Provider #50-17261)
Georgia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Hawaii YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Idaho YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Illinois YES! Accepts Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License No. 268.000074)
Indiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Iowa YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kentucky YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Louisiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maine YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maryland YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Massachusetts YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Michigan YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Minnesota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Mississippi YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Missouri YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Montana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Nebraska YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Nevada YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Hampshire YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Jersey YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Mexico YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New York YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
North Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
North Dakota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Ohio YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Oklahoma YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Oregon YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Rhode Island YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Dakota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Tennessee YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Texas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Utah YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Vermont YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Washington YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
West Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Wisconsin YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Wyoming YES! Accepts American Psychological Association

School Psychologists

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Alaska YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arizona YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arkansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
California YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Colorado YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Connecticut YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Delaware YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
District of Columbia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Florida YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Accepts Florida Office of School Psychology (CE Provider #50-17261)
Georgia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Hawaii YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Idaho YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Illinois YES! Accepts Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License No. 268.000074)
Indiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Iowa YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kentucky YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Louisiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maine YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maryland YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Massachusetts YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Michigan YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Minnesota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Mississippi YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Missouri YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Montana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Nebraska YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Nevada YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Hampshire YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Jersey YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Mexico YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New York YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
North Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
North Dakota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Ohio YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Oklahoma YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Oregon YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Rhode Island YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Dakota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Tennessee YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Texas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Utah YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Vermont YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Washington YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
West Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Wisconsin YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Wyoming YES! Accepts American Psychological Association

Counselors

State Board Approval
Alabama We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Alaska YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arizona YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arkansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
California YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Colorado We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Connecticut YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Delaware YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
District of Columbia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Florida YES! Accepts Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider #50-17261)
Georgia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Hawaii YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Idaho YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Illinois YES! Accepts Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License No. 159.001382)
Indiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Iowa YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kentucky YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Louisiana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Maine YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maryland YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Massachusetts YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Michigan YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Minnesota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Mississippi We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Missouri YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Montana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Nebraska We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Nevada YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Hampshire YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Jersey YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Mexico YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New York We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
North Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
North Dakota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Ohio YES! Accepts Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#RCST071801) (Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#RCST071801))
Oklahoma We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Oregon YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Rhode Island YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Dakota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Tennessee YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Texas We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Utah YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Vermont We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Washington YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
West Virginia We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Wisconsin We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Wyoming We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.

Alcohol and Drug Counselors

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Alaska YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Arizona YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Arkansas YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
California YES! Accepts California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) (#1S-18-279-0120) (Hours online are limited to 10 in a 24 hour period)
Colorado YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Connecticut We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Delaware YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
District of Columbia YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Florida YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Georgia YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Hawaii YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Idaho YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Illinois We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Indiana YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Iowa YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Kansas YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Kentucky YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Louisiana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Maine YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Maryland YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Massachusetts YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Michigan We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Minnesota YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Mississippi YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Missouri We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Montana YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Nebraska YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Nevada YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
New Hampshire YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
New Jersey YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
New Mexico YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
New York YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
North Carolina YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
North Dakota YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Ohio YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Oklahoma YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Oregon YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Pennsylvania We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Rhode Island YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
South Carolina YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
South Dakota YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Tennessee YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Texas YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Utah YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Vermont YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Virginia YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Washington YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
West Virginia YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Wisconsin YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)
Wyoming YES! Accepts NAADAC (Provider #170179)

Marriage and Family Therapists

State Board Approval
Alabama We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Alaska We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Arizona YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arkansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
California YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Colorado We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Connecticut YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Delaware We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
District of Columbia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Florida YES! Accepts Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider #50-17261)
Georgia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Hawaii YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Idaho We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Illinois YES! Accepts Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License No. 168.000229)
Indiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Iowa YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kentucky YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Louisiana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Maine YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maryland We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Massachusetts YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Michigan YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Minnesota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Mississippi YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Missouri We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Montana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Nebraska We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Nevada We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
New Hampshire YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Jersey YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Mexico YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New York We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
North Carolina We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
North Dakota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Ohio YES! Accepts Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#RCST071801) (Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#RCST071801))
Oklahoma We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Oregon YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Rhode Island YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Carolina YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
South Dakota YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Tennessee YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Texas YES! Accepts Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (871)
Utah YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Vermont We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Washington YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
West Virginia We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Wisconsin We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Wyoming YES! Accepts American Psychological Association

Social Workers

State Board Approval
Alabama YES! Accepts Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners (Approval #0617 )
Accepts American Psychological Association
Alaska We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Arizona YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Arkansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
California YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Colorado YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Connecticut We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Delaware YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
District of Columbia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Florida YES! Accepts Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider #50-17261)
Georgia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Hawaii YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Idaho YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Illinois YES! Accepts Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License No. 159.001382)
Indiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Iowa YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kansas YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Kentucky YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Louisiana YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maine YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Maryland YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Massachusetts YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Michigan We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Minnesota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Mississippi YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Missouri YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Montana We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Nebraska We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Nevada We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
New Hampshire YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New Jersey We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
New Mexico YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
New York YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
North Carolina We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
North Dakota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Ohio YES! Accepts Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#RCST071801) (Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (#RCST071801))
Oklahoma We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Oregon YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Rhode Island We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
South Carolina We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
South Dakota We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Tennessee YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Texas YES! Accepts Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (6828)
Utah We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Vermont We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Virginia YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Washington YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
West Virginia We recommend you check with your board to see if they will accept our APA (American Psychological Association) board approvals.
Wisconsin YES! Accepts American Psychological Association
Wyoming YES! Accepts American Psychological Association

The board approval status information is provided based on our current understanding of the licensing agencies. Please note that it is the responsibility of each licensee to verify acceptance of our courses with their licensing agency.

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