Ethics and Confidentiality 3 NBCC Hours
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K. McCarthy, Esq., JD, MS, NCC

B. Jones, Esq., JD

Course Description

The subject matter in this course is "directly and primarily related to" the NBCC Content Area, Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues, which has been specified by the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy as acceptable content to qualify for NBCC continuing education credit.  This course is available for ACEP home study and offers 3 NBCC Hours.


This course deals primarily with mental health professional ethics and confidentiality. Part 1 of this course discusses ethics for mental health professionals. Specifically, the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics is presented, and several tips for avoiding ethical pitfalls are discussed. Part 2 of this course considers the particularly important issue of confidentiality for mental health professionals. Florida laws and limits to confidentiality are reviewed, and the ethical, legal and policy issues of confidentiality are explored. Additionally, Federal confidentiality laws and HIPPA are examined, and potential problems with the current legal framework regarding confidentiality are introduced.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about the ACA Code of Ethics 

  • Describe ways to avoid ethical pitfalls 

  • Understand Florida laws and limits to confidentiality

  • Consider the ethical, legal and policy issues concerning confidentiality of mental health treatment

  • Understand Federal confidentiality laws and HIPAA

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