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This course brings real-world context to ethical concerns often experienced by professionals in practice. Through an exploration of boundaries, confidentiality and mandated reporters, this course will provide a framework to contemplate ethical dilemmas and make informed decisions that insulate professionals from legal liability while protecting clients from harm.
Introduction (5 minutes)
Revisiting Ethics in Professional Practice (40 minutes)
Professional education introduces future practitioners to relevant Codes of Ethics. This portion of the program will revisit what professionals should already know about ethics, so that we are all on the same page as we explore further. What do we mean by “ethical”? How is “ethical” related to “legal”?
Drawing the Lines: Setting (and maintaining) Professional Boundaries (40 minutes)
Working closely with clients can challenge the boundaries of professionalism, but setting and maintaining boundaries is important both personally, and professionally. This portion of the program will explore guidance from ethical codes on how to define and effectuate appropriate boundaries with clients.
Keeping Client Confidences: From the Basics to the Difficult (40 minutes)
This portion of the program will explore the concepts of confidentiality and privilege, finding foundations in ethical codes and the law. Work with groups, families, minors (and their parents), and the cognitively impaired will be used to apply relevant concepts.
Making the Tough Call: Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (45 minutes)
This portion of the program will explore a specific area of practice where professional ethics and legal obligations meet (often in conflict): the role of mandated reporters. Case examples will be used to clarify practice decisions, and current initiatives in policy will be outlined.
Conclusions/Questions (10 minutes)
- Understand the ethical code provisions as they relate to practice with clients/patients at the micro and mezzo levels.
- Understand the limitations on the relationships with clients, as outlined in relevant ethical codes.
- Understand the expectations for keeping client information confidential in their professional practice.
- Competently discuss with their clients the professional obligation to keep client information confidential.
- Know when making a report to child protective services is required by law.
- Appropriately respond to ethical and moral conundrums faced when making the decision to report by applying a framework to assist in the decision making process.
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives
This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.
- This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
- CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
- CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
- NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
- NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
- NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.