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Springfield, Massachusetts


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SUDC 437

Ethical, Legal and Professional Standards for Substance Use Disorder Counselors

This course explores ethical and legal aspects and substance use disorder counseling. This course provides a foundation for the ethical practice of substance abuse disorder counseling focusing on such issues as ethical decision-making through an understanding of legal and ethical standards of practice for counselors including self-examination. Issues such as client rights, confidentiality, dual relationships, duty to warn, consent for treatment, and ethical consideration of special populations are reviewed. Licensing, federal, regional and state laws associated with mental health counseling and addictions will drive specific codes used within this course. Participants will examine the beliefs that will provide a foundation for the development of a professional approach to ethics, as well as expand the knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding ethical behavior and decisions

Units: 3.0