Behavioral Health : Counselor: Ethical Practice for Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling
49.95
Online
Mandatory
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About the Course
Mental health professionals today face many complex ethical considerations related to a host of factors: increasing client diversity, new methods of providing services including distance counseling and therapy, new forms of digital technology, as well as the use of social media. The dynamics of a complex modern practice require counselors and therapists to reconsider issues of confidentiality, informed consent, multiple relationships, patient privacy, and records security. The practitioner must keep pace with revised ethical standards of practice and the needs of an increasingly diverse population. A working knowledge and daily application of revised ethical guidelines is required of all mental health counselors, therapists, and staff to provide the highest level of service to their clients.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify and define the key elements of the NBCC, ACA, and the AAMFT Codes of Ethics as they are related to informed consent, confidentiality, dual relationships, and duty to warn.
  • Compare and contrast the ethical guidelines and directives of the NBCC, ACA, and the AAMFT on conversion-reparative therapy and counseling.
  • Select and discuss the six purposes of the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Give two examples of appropriate termination or referral according to the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Define client privilege and give three examples of violations from the case studies.
  • Provide four components of a counseling plan as defined in the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Outline four competencies for multicultural diversity sensitivity according to the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Identify and explain four prohibited non-counseling roles and relationships as defined in the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Discuss five steps in ethical decision making for therapy and counseling.
  • Analyze the relationship between legal directives and ethical guidelines in the practice of therapy and counseling.
  • List and explain three ethical violations in therapy and counseling that may occur when using mobile technology devices.
  • Explain the role of collaboration as it applies to ethical practice and give two examples.
  • Define the term “duty to warn” and explain how it informs ethical practice.
  • Identify and explain three potential confidentiality violations and safeguards when using technology in therapy and counseling practice.
  • Discuss three ethical standards and directives specific to minor clients.
  • Explain five standards that guide ethical practice in long distance counseling or therapy, as well as five best practices to prevent ethical violations.
  • Describe three new challenges today’s MFT faces and apply three related standards in the AAMFT Code of Ethics to meet those challenges.
  • Select and discuss three aspirational core values from the AAMFT Code of Ethics.
  • Define the term “binding expectation,” as written in the AAMFT Code of Ethics; give two examples.
  • Discuss three examples of advocacy and public participation from the AAMFT Code of Ethics.
  • List and define three standards and directives that address access to client records by family members.
  • Discuss the ethical complaint process and explain when it is appropriate.
  • Identify two situations that may warrant the disclosure of confidential information. Give examples of each.
  • Select three standards that define professional competence; outline three examples that apply to practice.
  • List and explain the requirements for maintaining client records, as outlined in the NBCC Code of Ethics.
  • Discuss the use of digital technology and social media in counseling, as outlined in the NBCC Code of Ethics. 
  • Identify and discuss four directives on records security from the NBCC Code of Ethics; give two examples of each.
  • Define two deceptive research techniques detailed in the NBCC Code of Ethics that must be avoided.
  • Explain the term “harmful multiple relationships” as it is defined in the NBCC Code of Ethics; discuss examples from the case studies.
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Ethical Practice for Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling

49.95
About the Course
Mental health professionals today face many complex ethical considerations related to a host of factors: increasing client diversity, new methods of providing services including distance counseling and therapy, new forms of digital technology, as well as the use of social media. The dynamics of a complex modern practice require counselors and therapists to reconsider issues of confidentiality, informed consent, multiple relationships, patient privacy, and records security. The practitioner must keep pace with revised ethical standards of practice and the needs of an increasingly diverse population. A working knowledge and daily application of revised ethical guidelines is required of all mental health counselors, therapists, and staff to provide the highest level of service to their clients.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify and define the key elements of the NBCC, ACA, and the AAMFT Codes of Ethics as they are related to informed consent, confidentiality, dual relationships, and duty to warn.
  • Compare and contrast the ethical guidelines and directives of the NBCC, ACA, and the AAMFT on conversion-reparative therapy and counseling.
  • Select and discuss the six purposes of the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Give two examples of appropriate termination or referral according to the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Define client privilege and give three examples of violations from the case studies.
  • Provide four components of a counseling plan as defined in the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Outline four competencies for multicultural diversity sensitivity according to the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Identify and explain four prohibited non-counseling roles and relationships as defined in the ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Discuss five steps in ethical decision making for therapy and counseling.
  • Analyze the relationship between legal directives and ethical guidelines in the practice of therapy and counseling.
  • List and explain three ethical violations in therapy and counseling that may occur when using mobile technology devices.
  • Explain the role of collaboration as it applies to ethical practice and give two examples.
  • Define the term “duty to warn” and explain how it informs ethical practice.
  • Identify and explain three potential confidentiality violations and safeguards when using technology in therapy and counseling practice.
  • Discuss three ethical standards and directives specific to minor clients.
  • Explain five standards that guide ethical practice in long distance counseling or therapy, as well as five best practices to prevent ethical violations.
  • Describe three new challenges today’s MFT faces and apply three related standards in the AAMFT Code of Ethics to meet those challenges.
  • Select and discuss three aspirational core values from the AAMFT Code of Ethics.
  • Define the term “binding expectation,” as written in the AAMFT Code of Ethics; give two examples.
  • Discuss three examples of advocacy and public participation from the AAMFT Code of Ethics.
  • List and define three standards and directives that address access to client records by family members.
  • Discuss the ethical complaint process and explain when it is appropriate.
  • Identify two situations that may warrant the disclosure of confidential information. Give examples of each.
  • Select three standards that define professional competence; outline three examples that apply to practice.
  • List and explain the requirements for maintaining client records, as outlined in the NBCC Code of Ethics.
  • Discuss the use of digital technology and social media in counseling, as outlined in the NBCC Code of Ethics. 
  • Identify and discuss four directives on records security from the NBCC Code of Ethics; give two examples of each.
  • Define two deceptive research techniques detailed in the NBCC Code of Ethics that must be avoided.
  • Explain the term “harmful multiple relationships” as it is defined in the NBCC Code of Ethics; discuss examples from the case studies.