Ethics And Boundary Issues
Author: Heidi Dalzell, Ph.D., Teresa Crowe, MSW, Ph.D., and Beth Russell, PhD
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Course Created: 2020
Practice Level: Intermediate
No book to buy Duration: 5 hours
This free intermediate-level course provides information on ethics and professional boundaries for mental health professionals. Updated to reflect the most current professional codes of ethics (NASW, APA, NBCC, ACA, and AMHCA), the course explores common ethical dilemmas. Special attention is paid to boundary violations and topics including informed consent, confidentiality, mandated reporting, and HIPAA. Case studies throughout the learning materials highlight key learning points.
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- Recognize common ethical dilemmas, the link between ethical and legal issues, and how ethical problems occur.
- Explain the major ethical principles of mental and behavioral health professionals.
- Discuss confidentiality and limits of confidentiality in varied contexts including social media, age of consent, mandated reporting, and HIPAA.
- Identify ethical issues related to public representations (advertising).
- Describe the Tarasoff and Ewing rulings related to the professional duty to protect.
- Explain the significance of competence and the steps a provider should take to maintain competence.
- Discuss informed consent in relation to ethics and boundaries.
- Identify the dynamics of dual relationships and the ethical violations related to sexual relationships with clients.
- Recognize the role of ethical practice in the context of involuntary treatment.
- Describe ethical decision-making including such important considerations as risk tolerance, cultural humility, and specific decision-making models.
- Professional Codes of Ethics
- Ethics vs Law
- Ethical Principles
- Social Media and Confidentiality
- Confidentiality and Minors (Age of Consent)
- Mandated Reporting
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Public Representations (Advertising)
- Duty to Protect (Tarasoff and Ewing)
- Achieving and Maintaining Competence -Cultural Competence and Non-Discrimination in Providing Services
- Informed Consent
- Multiple or Non-sexual Dual Relationships
- Case Example
- Giving and Receiving Gifts
- Bartering in Psychotherapy Practice
- Business Relationships with Former Clientsce4less.com
- Unintentional Dual Relationships
- Friendships with Former Clients
- Physical Contact with Clients
- Online Relationships
- Client Role in Multiple Relationships
- Therapist Consequences for Boundary Violations
- Sexual Relationships with Clients
- Consequences to the Therapist of Sexual Boundary Violations
- Consequences to the Client of Sexual Boundary Violations
- Involuntary Treatment
- Ethical Decision-Making
- Types of Ethical Dilemmas
- Risk Tolerance
- Cultural Humility – A Framework for Understanding Ethics
- Decision-Making Models
- Avoiding Common Ethical Pitfalls and Dilemmas
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