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Ethics Decision Making and Violations for Counselors 3CE

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Ethics and Boundaries
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Course Description

This course is written for professional counselors. It provides a review of the difference between values, morals and ethics and discusses the basic moral principles which are the foundation of counseling ethics codes. It includes a discussion about the purpose of professional ethics codes and reviews some of the most common codes for counselors. This course addresses how counselors should use ethical decision-making models to help guide them when confronted with ethical dilemmas, and it reviews some of the most common ethical decision-making models. This course will also highlight some of the most common ethical violations that counselors make, resulting disciplinary actions, and steps counselors can take to avoid making such mistakes.

Approved by the Following State Boards
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License #197.000302)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists (CE Broker #50-23449)

Learning Objectives
  • To learn the difference between values, morals, and ethics.

  • To learn about the moral principles which are the basis for counseling ethics codes.

  • To become familiar with some of the most common ethical codes for counselors.

  • To learn if/when ethical codes are enforceable.

  • To learn about the importance of using ethical decision-making models.

  • To become familiar with some common ethical decision-making models used by counselors.

  • To become familiar with the disciplinary process of professional associations.

  • To learn about some of the most common ethical violations counselors make.

  • To become familiar with pertinent parts of the ethical codes related to the most common violations.

  • To learn how to avoid making ethical violations.


You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the poset-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion. You will also be required to complete a course evaluation. Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-test and submitted your evaluation, your certificate will be emailed to you.

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