Ethics and Risk Management in Counseling

This program provides therapists with guidance on how to respond to ethics complaints and includes advice on minimizing risk with the goal of avoiding the complaint process altogether. In addition, the course discusses professional disclosure statements and the importance of informing clients about the nature and boundaries of the counseling relationship. The content of this continuing education program is adapted from The Professional Counselor’s Desk Reference, Second Edition. Used by permission of Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

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

This CE program is designated as beginning to intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the complaint process
  • Identify three ways to minimize ethical and legal risks
  • Create a professional disclosure statement
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Managing Risk in Ethical and Legal Situations
  • Professional Disclosure in Counseling
  • Ethics Codes
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Irmo Marini, PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP, is currently a professor in the department of rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Pan American. He earned his master's in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, and his PhD in rehabilitation from Auburn University in Alabama.  Over his 22-year academic career, Dr. Marini earned two outstanding faculty research awards at Arkansas State, three faculty research awards at Pan-American,  two  outstanding teaching awards at Pan-American, and one service award. On a national level, he was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award by the National Council  on Rehabilitation  Education, and, a year later, received the 2010 James F. Garrett Distinguished Career Award in rehabilitation research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He was also voted the National Council on Rehabilitation Education's 2013 recipient of the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award. In 2012, Dr. Marini received an honorary doctorate in science from  his alma mater, Lakehead  University.  To date, he has published more  than  75 peer-reviewed  journal  publications  and 30 book chapters, and coauthored and coedited four books on counseling and rehabilitation counseling psychology-related topics. He is former president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and former chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, is a professor and coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University. He holds a doctoral and master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Stebnicki is also certified by the Washington, DC-based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina's American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with more than 30 years' experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons who have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. He has written six books: The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability (6th ed., 2012, Springer Publishing), The Professional Counselors' Desk Reference (first and second editions, 2008 and 2016, Springer Publishing), Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors ( 2008, Springer  Publishing),  What Is  Adolescent  Mental Health?  Helping Disconnected and At-Risk Youth to Become Whole( 2007), and Youth At-Risk: Foundations of Adolescent Mental Health and Resiliency (2005). He has written more than 26 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at more than 85 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Dr. Stebnicki has served on multiple professional counseling and accreditation boards. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, Arkansas (March 24, 1998), and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence prevention program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, has been awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence. Other accolades include consulting with former president Bill Clinton's staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).

Sara P. Johnston, PhD, CRC
Assistant Professor
Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Health Sciences Center
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

Vilia M. Tarvydas, PhD, LMHC, CRC
Professor and Chair
Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Maggie Butler, MS, CRC
Doctoral Student
Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Lloyd R. Goodwin, Jr., PhD, LPC, LCAS, CRC, MAC, CCS, ACS
Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina

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

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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