This course covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of the counseling professional. Students learn to interpret and act upon situations appropriately and effectively. Content includes issues such as client rights, confidentiality, duty to warn and protect, dual relationships, supervision and consulting, ethics with special populations, and ethical decision-making models.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.
Code of Ethics: Principles and PracticesCompetence in Practice
Articulate elements of professional identity including ACA and NBCC.
Examine the influence and interaction of personal values on professional identity.
Examine and interpret the main content areas of the ACA Code of Ethics, AMHCA and NBCC.
Identify components of scope of practice.
Examine the societal mechanisms for the enforcement of ethical codes.
Assess the need to manage risk in relationship to scope of practice and the related need for professional liability insurance.
Client RightsUnprofessional Conduct, Negligence, and MalpracticeMalpractice, Unprofessional Practice, and the Duty to Protect
Explain the concepts of confidentiality, privileged communication, and privacy and their ethical or legal implications in counseling.
Identify the elements and the role of informed consent in counseling and develop and use informed consent procedures.
Examine the legal and ethical expectations of working in a multicultural or diverse environment.
Apply ethical principles to privileged communications in group, couples, and family situations.
Review the application of HIPAA in relationship to client rights and counseling practice.
Enumerate and analyze the elements of unprofessional conduct or practice.
Distinguish the elements of negligence and malpractice.
Articulate the requirements of the duty to warn or protect in cases of danger to self and danger to others.
Identify duty to report unprofessional conduct by colleagues and articulate the pros and cons of this duty.
Locate state-specific laws regarding duty to warn and protect.
Examine strategies for risk management related to counseling practices and documentation.
Enumerate and analyze the elements of malpractice and unprofessional practice.
Demonstrate an understanding of the duty to protect potential victims and suicidal clients.
Review federal and state-specific laws governing duty to warn and protect.
Multiple Relationships and Boundary Issues
Evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas in multiple relationships in counseling.
Examine personal concept of self and how this relates to professional identity and professional relationships.
Identify key state-specific laws governing counseling, especially concerning multiple relationships.
Supervision and Consultation
Discuss the various professional roles that may legitimately exist as multiple relationships.
Differentiate between personal and professional relationships and examine the elements of conflict that are represented in multiple and mixed professional and personal roles.
Application of Law and Ethics to Dimensions of Counseling Practice and Research
Recognize special ethical concerns that pertain to counseling individuals who are of differing sexual orientation, cultural identities, and ethnic origins.
Demonstrate the application of ethical decision making and legal principles.
Examine ethical and legal issues in the areas of diagnosis, testing, and treatment planning.
Examine unique ethical challenges in Web-based counseling.
Explain the need for ethical principles to protect research subjects and relate those principles to research conducted by counselors and counselor educators.
Critically evaluate the impact of managed care on counseling practices.
Counselor Ethics in the Community
Apply ethical principles and practices in relationship to interactions counselors undertake with other professionals in the community setting.
Develop an awareness of community mental health and its implications for counselor roles, practices, and collaboration within the system.
Explain the role of counselor as advocate in the community setting.