This course is specifically designed to meet the licensure renewal requirements for continuing education for Professional Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Master Social Workers, Associate Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists licensed in the state of Georgia.
Ce-classes.com has verified with the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists that this course meets the 5 hour ethics course requirement as the course uses distance learning techniques and is not an independent study course.
This course is based on 3 publications. The questions for the exam are in the same order as the articles are listed here. The first article is based on a publication of Psychiatric Services: A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association. The article discusses the problematic issue of boundary violations and sexual misconduct between therapists and their clients. The discussion includes risk factors and preventive measures.
The second article is by Pope and Keith-Spiegel and reviews the benefits and potentials problems involved in crossing boundaries with clients. The article makes an important distinction between boundary crossings and boundary violations. It delineates how a clinician should make decisions related to boundary issues in a sound and ethical manner. It provides a 9 step process that helps a clinician decide whether or not to cross a boundary in therapy. The article also describes in detail common cognitive errors in boundary decision-making. The article also outlines steps to take when a boundary crossing has had negative effects.
The third and final article for this course is based on a comprehensive report on Mental Health published by the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. This course provides therapists and healthcare professional with a review of current information on ethical issues about confidentiality; values underlying confidentiality, research on confidentiality and mental health treatment and the current state of confidentiality law. This course is designed for both clinicians and administrators who work in both private and public, and urban and rural areas.
This course serves as an excellent resource for mental health professionals who require continuing education in the subject of ethics. It helps to build clinical skills in decision making within the therapeutic context as a means to earn CEUs. Psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can benefit from this course and earn continuing education credits. This course may also be helpful for other practitioners, such as midwives and dieticians and nutritionists who may also need CEs in ethics and want a framework for ethical decision making with clients. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to learn more about ethics, boundaries and ethical decision making. It is also a good resource for licensed professionals who need continuing education.
This course may meet the license renewal requirements in other states for a 5 hour ethics ceus.
Ohio Professionals – This course is NOT accepted for license renewal by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapy board.
Authors Article 1: Norris, Gutheil & Strasburger – Get Article 1 Here
Authors Article 2: Pope, K. & Keith-Spiegel, P. – Get Article 2 Here
Authors Article 3: The Surgeon General’s Office – Get Article 3 Here
This course will provide a professional with a review of ethics, boundary issues and confidentiality for mental health professionals. Specifically, a professional will:
· Identify therapist risk factors associated with boundary violations.
· Identify steps in making ethical boundary decisions.
· Identify specific laws and legal provisions regarding confidentiality that apply nationwide.
Citation Article 1: Norris, D.M., Gutheil, T.G. & Strasburger, L.H. (2003). This couldn’t happen to me: Boundary problems and sexual misconduct n the psychotherapy relationship. PsychiatryOnlineServices, Vol. 54, N 4 pp 517-522
Citation Article 2: Pope, K. & Keith-Spiegel, P. (2008). A Practical Approach to Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Making Decisions, Bypassing Blunders, and Mending Fences. This is a reprint of an article that was published in Journal Of Clincial Psychology, 2008, vol. 64, #5, pages 638-652. Retrieved from: http://kspope.com/ethics/boundary.php
Citation Article 3: Surgeon General’s Office. Confidentiality of Mental Health Information: Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues. Chapter 7.