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Course: Ethics Desk Reference for Counselors (2nd Edition).....................................(This course is not available for CE for psychologists)
by Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP and W. Brad Johnson, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 10
Fee: $49

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Drs. Jeffrey E. Barnett and W. Brad Johnson have done an admirable job of interpreting and applying the 2014 American Counseling Association's, ACA Code of Ethics to a wide range of counseling settings. This second edition of Ethics Desk Reference for Counselors (EDR 2nd Ed.), is organized in a clear and logical manner, providing for useful comparisons of various ethical standards.

In Part I, each of the standards is followed by a brief section, 'Essential Elements', that focuses on the intent of a given standard or set of standards. This is followed by a, 'Common Dilemma and Conflicts' section that lists potential risks and concerns. The final section, 'Prevention and Positive Practice', provides a useful checklist of key points to assist counseling practitioners when applying ethical principles in their work.

This second edition of EDR retains the original format but the authors have updated all of its content to reflect the newly revised ACA Code of Ethics. Part II explores decision making and ethics in a series of short chapters which have been updated to reflect the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. A new chapter, 'Integrating Technology Into Counseling Practice', addresses the ethical standards in the new Section H of the code which provides guidance in distance counseling, technology and social media.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Understand and explain each section of the 2014 updated, ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Identify situations in which to apply the new, Section H of the ACA code to provide guidance in distance learning and social media.
  • Utilize a decision-making model to apply the updated ACA Code of Ethics to a variety of potential problems.
  • Develop an approach to ethical decision making that enables them to work through ethical dilemmas in a variety of practice areas.
  • Respond appropriately to subpoenas, court orders, ethics complaints and malpractice suits.
  • Access and utilize additional resources provided to promote ethical and effective practice on an ongoing basis.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The hard cover or e-book book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience. This is a spiral bound book.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
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Bio: Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed mental health professional and a professor at Loyola University, Maryland. There, among other duties, he trains master?s-level students in counseling psychology and advanced graduate students in the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor track. He has served on professional ethics committees, regularly publishes, and presents in the areas of ethics, legal and professional practice issues for mental health professionals. Additionally, he serves in various editorial capacities for a number of professional publications. His most recent book is Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Essential Strategies and Tools (2008); with Steven Walfish). More recently he has written, Practical Ethics in the Business of Private Practice: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners. (2014; with Jeffery Zimmerman and Steven Walfish).

Bio: W. Brad Johnson, PhD

W. Brad Johnson, PhD, teaches in the counseling program in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, where he has been awarded the university?s teaching excellence award. He is also a professor at the US Naval Academy and has served as a member on professional committees on ethics and institutional review boards. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well as 12 books, in the areas of ethical behavior, mentor relationships, and counseling. Among his most recent books are The Elements of Ethics (2008); with Charles Ridley), The Elements of Mentoring: Revised Edition (2008; also with Charles Ridley), and Write to the Top: How to Become a Prolific Academic (2007; with Carol Mullen). Ethical Conundrums, Quandaries and Predicaments in Mental Health Practice (2011 with Gerald Koocher).