Ethics, Boundaries and Dual Relationships. Professional Issues for Addiction Professionals

taught by Diane Sherman, PhD

Course description

Ethics are generally regarded as guidelines for addiction professionals to follow, that governs conduct, and guides decision making. It is the obligation for all addiction professionals to protect the integrity of the profession and clinical practice. The addiction professional should always be aware of and adhere to an ethical code of conduct, that commonly being the one ascribed by the credentialing authority.

In this course, we will review ethical practices as related to boundaries, dual-relationships, working with families of persons in substance use disorder treatment, and the need for clinical supervision to assist the addiction professional with accountability and appropriate decision-making practices.

This course uses Ethical Code from NAADAC, The National Association for Addiction Professionals as the reference and standard for addiction professionals.

Objectives. Participants will

  • Explore dilemmas when personal and professional values intersect
  • Read about different relationships that may represent dual-relationships and the inherent problems therein
  • Review ethics code and the law
  • The need for clinical supervision
  • Ethical quandaries to consider when working with family member of persons in substance use disorder treatment.

CE’s: 7.5 contact hours: GACA. NAADAC.

Note: Posted materials are free from NAADAC and other public domain sites. Cost of course applies for continuing education hours and certificate.

If CE's are desired, a fee applies for continuing education hours and a certificate of completion.

REFERENCE:

NAADAC Code of Ethics, 2011

Diane Sherman, PhD
Diane Sherman, PhD
Senior Instructor

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Addiction Counselor-II. Dr. Sherman earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. Dr. Sherman is the past President of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and recipient of the GACA President’s Award, and Bernard Carter Humanitarian Award. She also served on the board of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, and in 2015 was honored to receive the Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Reviews (6)

Simple, easy-to-use online access....finally!

by Kevin Henderson
This course was my first via the online format and I was already excited because I was not expecting any need for sign language interpreters. Sure enough everything was laid out in a very simple, easy-to-use system. The material was spot on in terms of relevance and use for my work situation. Thanks for a successful online experience!

Thought provoking and detailed

by Richard Cushenan
This course was a revelation. As I got deeper into the course I realized how much gray area there can be that we need guidelines and supervision to make sure we are staying between the lines. Learning about the three legal areas that an Addiction counselor is regulated ie: Criminal, Civil and Administrative really opened my eyes to the importance of understanding the ethics codes. Understanding how the ethics codes address issues like confidentiality, boundaries and dual relationships was reinforced at the in person classes I have taken with DR. Sherman.

Makes one think !

by Dennis Gruba
The course is wonderful for this stage of my professional development. I came away with a sense of the importance and necessity for a open, honest and frank relationship with my clinical supervisor from the very beginning. The course dilemma scenarios, the material presented on actual case histories, along with the re-assurance that being human is part and parcel of the counselor experience, inspired me to continue to pursue my certification with a sensible approach, not a fear based litigation/liability approach that I initially began the course with. I was quite surprised with my knowledge level at the pre-course test vs the course exam. The course work enables a more distinct, clearer thought process on issues, boundaries and relationships eliminating the foundation to form new biases and enabling the elimination of old bias patterns.
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Simple, easy-to-use online access....finally!

by Kevin Henderson
This course was my first via the online format and I was already excited because I was not expecting any need for sign language interpreters. Sure enough everything was laid out in a very simple, easy-to-use system. The material was spot on in terms of relevance and use for my work situation. Thanks for a successful online experience!

Thought provoking and detailed

by Richard Cushenan
This course was a revelation. As I got deeper into the course I realized how much gray area there can be that we need guidelines and supervision to make sure we are staying between the lines. Learning about the three legal areas that an Addiction counselor is regulated ie: Criminal, Civil and Administrative really opened my eyes to the importance of understanding the ethics codes. Understanding how the ethics codes address issues like confidentiality, boundaries and dual relationships was reinforced at the in person classes I have taken with DR. Sherman.

Makes one think !

by Dennis Gruba
The course is wonderful for this stage of my professional development. I came away with a sense of the importance and necessity for a open, honest and frank relationship with my clinical supervisor from the very beginning. The course dilemma scenarios, the material presented on actual case histories, along with the re-assurance that being human is part and parcel of the counselor experience, inspired me to continue to pursue my certification with a sensible approach, not a fear based litigation/liability approach that I initially began the course with. I was quite surprised with my knowledge level at the pre-course test vs the course exam. The course work enables a more distinct, clearer thought process on issues, boundaries and relationships eliminating the foundation to form new biases and enabling the elimination of old bias patterns.

Great and relevant information!

by Megan Garcia
I am new to this field and just starting the courses for CAC and this is very relevant and helpful information!!!

Great title

by Emery Eichler
Great information.

Ethic, Boundaries & Dual Relationships

by Chip Couch
Easy to follow and very informative. I was able to get what I needed from the convenience of my own office.