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Advanced Ethics Series

Advanced Ethics for Addiction Counselors

Ethics in the Treatment Business

6 CEH for Renewal

Learning Objectives:

  1. Counselors will identify the cycle of financial exploitation of addicts in need of treatment

  2. Counselors will explore the trend away from nonprofits that fuels a push toward more medical approaches to treatment,  and fuels staggering growth in the revenues of publicly-traded, for-profit treatment providers.

  3. Counselors will review the role of lack of oversight for addiction treatment in California, and text of  SB-636 Addiction treatment: advertising: payment.(2017-2018)



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Advanced Ethics of Court-Mandated Substance Abuse Treatment


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will explore the complex issue of mandatory treatment and its impact on criminal justice client treatment completion and participation rates

  2. Participants will consider the effectiveness of coercive or mandatory treatment on longer term sobriety and criminality.

Participants will consider the design and implementation of programs serving legally coerced clients.






Advanced Ethics in an On-Line World

Mary Crocker Cook, D.Min., LMFT, LAADC, CADCII


Therapists will review the history of on-line counseling,and the Suggested Principles for the Online Provision of Mental Health Services developed by ISMHO, and identify the ethical standards and the potential risks of online services. Therapists will identify practical and emotional skills for effective on-line counseling  and  practical guidelines of tools such as texting, Facebook, Google as they apply to counseling practice.





Advanced Ethics for Co-Occurring Disorders Specialists



  1. Counselors will become familiar the principles outlined in the Co-occurring Disorder Code of Ethics developed by CCBADC in California

  2. Counselors will review the role of stigma and its impact on counselors delivering co-occurring services

  3. Counselors will review the core competencies of the Dual Diagnosis Capable counselor, and examine tips for counselors with dual diagnosis issues to retaining their self-care regimens

  4. Counselors will review three levels of Dual Diagnosis competency to clarify the scope of practice that reflects their current knowledge base

  5. Counselors will become familiar with appropriate service delivery standards for co-occurring disorders as reflected in the SAMSHA Tip 42

  6. Counselors will examine the overlap between Federal Confidentiality laws and HIPPA regulations

  7. Counselors will explore reasons that counselors struggle with boundary setting and crossing

  8. Counselors will become familiar with the CCBADC Ethical Review Committee DISCIPLINARY AND APPEAL PROCEDURES







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Connections Counseling Association Continuing Education Program


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