Ethics and Boundary Issues: Ethical Decision Making in the Mental and Behavioral Health Profession

New! This course meets the Florida LMFT, LCSW, LMHC Requirements for Ethics and Boundary Issues.  This course counts as 3 CEUs.

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Ethics and Boundary Issues Training Course Tampa Bay FloridaThis Mental Health training course is designed specifically for the mental and behavioral health professionals to facilitate recognition of profession responsibility with regard to Ethics and Boundary Issues.

This brief overview provides a practical guide for the mental and behavioral health practitioner in a variety of settings.

The course is expected to be didactic, live and interactive, not a home study or book and test based learning experience.

Include in the course are information and research from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and draws on legal and ethical standards for confidentiality, informed consent, and mandatory reporting (SAMHSA).

Moreover, the course is expected to present information and to acquaint practitioners with decision making steps for evaluating ethical dilemmas.

The course discusses the principles underlying all codes of ethical conduct in the behavioral health professions.  Distinctions are made between terms as they pertain to ethics.  Several models for making decisions in ethical dilemmas are presented and discussed in mental and behavioral health setting, among others.

Beverly Jackson, NCC, LMHC, Gestalt Psychotherapist has developed an integrative method of helping the participants to use their knowledge, education, expertise and practice theories to guide their thoughts about Ethics and Boundary Issues and Ethical Decision Making.

As a result of the exploration, the participants of the course are frequently able to develop awareness as defined and governed by various entities such as state legislatures, mental – behavioral health associations, and best practice institutions for the purpose of preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Ethical issues are common in any profession.  But mental and behavioral health work, which relies heavily on relationship building and which can directly impact the health and welfare of its clients, poses even greater responsibilities and challenges.

Mental and Behavioral health professional must rely on internal ethical guides through character and integrity, and external ethical guides such as laws and codes of conduct.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • define ethics,
  • identify five sources of ethical standards,
  • identify four areas of common unethical behavior,
  • discuss ten barriers to ethical decision making,
  • describe and utilize five decision making models for resolving ethical dilemmas,
  • list nine common excuses for unethical behavior.

As members of health care prevention, intervention, and oversight, Mental – Behavioral Health Professionals have a responsibility to understand the importance of professional values and ethics in their practice.

Professionals must be able to identify the role and the impact of law in mental and behavioral health.  They are given tool and skills to recognize and distinguish between problematic and non-problematic boundary issues; describe ways as practitioners to prevent unethical or illegal behaviors in daily practice; identify elements and conditions or informed consent; and to understand the basic requirement of HIPAA and the Privacy Rule as it relates to practice.  Moreover, professionals will be able to identify a protocol for ethical decision-making.

Ethics and Boundary Issues – Ethical Decision Making

As a result of exploration the participants comprehends that ethical decision-making is a complex process, requiring practitioners to look at not just the immediate impact, but also the long-term future consequence of their actions. Yes, it can be an exciting and mutually rewarding process when approached in the appropriate manner.

Keep in mind that you are furthering your education for the betterment of you as a mental-behavioral health professional and the betterment of the lives of your clients, patients and colleagues.

New theories and information are consistently becoming available, allowing these courses and your experience to remain fresh and stimulating.

Phone (813) 434-3705 to speak with DrBev for more information or register for the course today.


DrBev is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Certified Gestalt Psychotherapist, Seminar - WorkShop Facilitator, Radio Personality, Author and President and Educational Director of DrBev Mental Health Counseling.
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