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Course: Ethics Desk Reference for Counselors
by Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD and W. Brad Johnson, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 8
Fee: $39

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This desk reference will help counselors interpret and apply the ACA Code of Ethics in order to prevent and resolve ethical dilemmas. In part I, Drs. Barnett and Johnson provide an easily understood translation of each Standard for the Code, followed by a discussion of common challenges associated with the Standard and list of recommendations for maintaining ethical, preventive practice in the topical area. Part II contains an ethical decision making model and specific, practical strategies for responding to frequently faced concerns surrounding culture and diversity, confidentiality, suicidal clients, boundary issues and multiple relationships, competence, supervision, managed care, termination, and responses to subpoenas.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Understand and explain each section of the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Identify situations where the ACA Code of Ethics applies to a range of diverse practical situations.
  • Utilize a decision-making model to apply the 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 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).