10 Ways Practitioners Can Avoid Frequent Ethical Pitfalls
Total CE Credit Hours: 1
Course Info URL: http://www.addictioncounselorce.com/courses/10020
This is a classic course. Addiction Counselor CE retains a small number of "Classic Courses". These courses are based on materials that have an older publication date, but that retain enduring learning value and relevance today. We can recommend this course as valuable, but if you are looking for more recent material you might wish to choose a different one.
About the Course:
Boost your ethical know-how with practical tips on avoiding common ethical quandaries. The article points out that the best defense against an ethical problems is a good offense. By looking out for foreseeable conflicts and discussing them frankly with colleagues and clients, practitioners can avoid the misunderstandings, hurt feelings and sticky situations that lead to hearings before ethics boards, lawsuits, loss of license or professional membership, or even more dire consequences. The article encourages practitioners to think about ethics as a way of asking “How can I be even better in my practice?” Good ethical practice is good risk management practice.” Please Note: As always, when weighing ethical decisions please consult the code of ethics for your particular discipline as well as the state mental health statutes applicable to your practice.
APA Monitor, Volume 34, No. 1 January 2003
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about using good ethical practice to provide good professional practice. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.
Discuss ways to protect confidentiality
Explain what constitutes a multiple relationship
Discuss respect of people’s autonomy in terms of informed consent
Discuss supervisory responsibilities
Cite examples that stress the importance to identify your client and your role
Discuss record Keeping Guidelines
Explain the difference between abandonment and termination
Explain the importance to practice only where you have expertise
Discuss what to adhere to when providing expert opinion
Discuss error to avoid when billing
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