Ethical and Legal Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment

This course discusses five principles of ethical decision-making in mental health practice and provides a step-by-step model for resolving ethical dilemmas. The course also explores specific ethical and legal issues as they relate to substance abuse treatment and the treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS. Topics include duty to treat, duty to warn, dual relationships, confidentiality, and end-of-life issues.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses


Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Discuss ethical principles as they apply to mental health practice.
  • Describe ethical and legal issues that arise in the delivery of substance abuse treatment.
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  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Ethical Issues for Treatment Providers
  • Part 3: Basic Ethical Principles
  • Part 4: Ethical Issues in Working with HIV-Infected Substance
  • Part 5: A Step-by-Step Model for Making Ethical Decisions
  • Part 6: Additional Resources for Ethical Problem Solving
  • Part 7: Sample Code of Ethics for Programs
  • Part 8: Sample Code of Ethics for Therapists and Counselors
  • Part 9: Introduction to Legal Issues
  • Part 10: Access to Treatment - Issues of Discrimination
  • Part 11: Confidentiality of Information about Clients
  • Part 12: Conclusion
  • Part 13: End Notes
  • Part 14: Bibliography
  • Part 15: Ethics Codes
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 37: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with HIV/AIDS
Consensus Panel Chair: Steven L. Batki, MD
Consensus Panel Co-Chair: Peter A. Selwyn, MD, MPH

Expert Consensus Panel

Deborah Wright Bauer, MPH, MLS
Margaret K. Brooks, JD, MA
Robert Paul Cabaj, MD
Susan M. Gallego, MSSW, LMSW
Larry M. Gant, PhD, CSW, MSW
Brian C. Giddens, MSW, ACSW
Gregory L. Greenwood, PhD, MPH
Elizabeth F. Howell, MD
Martin Yoneo Iguchi, PhD
Susan LeLacheur, MPH, PA-C
Andrea Ronhovde, LCSW
Ronald D. Stall, PhD, MPH
Michael D. Stein, MD

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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