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Substance Abuse Counselor Ethics, Confidentiality, and Boundaries

Course #: 06-846

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CE Credit Hours: 9.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

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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The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.

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