Upon completion of the sixteen online courses described below, participants will receive a certificate indicating the exact courses that were completed and a detailed description of the subjects covered by this program.
In addition to the sixteen courses, the program will provide you with 60 basic clinical forms in word doc format that are available online and ready to be personalized and used in your practice. Review the clinical forms. Additionally, the basic HIPAA and Treatment Planning forms are provided.
Why do I need A Certificate In Advanced Ethics Studies?
- The program will provide you with the tools and conceptual framework for ethical decision-making.
- The certificate attests to your commitment to achieving an advanced post-graduate level of ethical knowledge and clinical integrity.
- In case of a board investigation or malpractice suit, the certificate will demonstrate that your formal education exceeds that required by licensing and professional boards. This will hopefully enhance the strength of your defense and proof of competence in such hearings.
- If you are involved in clinically helpful boundary crossing, such as self-disclosure, home visits, touch, gifts or bartering, this specialized training provides proof that you voluntarily sought additional education and training to incorporate these aspects of therapy into a critically considered treatment plan.
- If you practice in a small or rural community and/or are engaged in unavoidable and/or helpful social or other dual relationships, this program provides you with documentation that you have secured the knowledge and tools necessary to conduct yourself in a clinical and ethically appropriate manner in regard to dual relationships and other boundary issues.
How Does It Work?
- All sixteen courses are offered online. They are 100% Web based.
- The texts of the courses are online articles posted on the Web in simple html or pdf format. Some courses include audio or video files. To access course material that is in PDF format, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it download for free.
- Neither passwords nor special software or equipment are required.
- You will receive the Clinical Forms upon registration for the course.
- You can use these individual courses to fulfill your CE credits for license renewal.
- After reading the material for each course, participants will take a posttest, fill out a course evaluation and, assuming you past the test, receive a certificate of completion.
- Upon successful completion of individual courses, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the individual course.
- You can complete each course according to your own schedule. You can do it in one sitting or as many sessions as you wish.
- You can take up to four years to complete the courses. You can spread the CE credits over three licensing renewal periods.
- Upon successful completion of all sixteen courses, a special certificate for the Advanced Ethics Studies program will be sent to you via email.
General Topics Of The Program
- Standard of care: What it is and what it is not.
- Ethical decision-making: A process based on critical thinking, clinical integrity, knowledge of the ethics codes and state and federal laws and an examination of how best to serve the welfare of clients.
- Digital Ethics: A comprehensive review of of the ethical and clinical complexities that have been presented by digital technologists, such as clients Googling therapists, therapists Googling clients, e-mails and texting between therapists and clients, clients as facebook friends, and much more.
- Codes of ethics: Thorough review of selected sections of the APA, CAMFT, NASW, ACA and other organizations' codes of ethics.
- Critical thinking: The process of critical thinking and its application to ethical and clinical decision-making.
- Risk management: A critical analysis of the origin of risk management and the potential dangers that risk management practices pose to psychotherapy. Guidelines for ethical risk management practices are provided.
- Record Keeping, Termination, Subpoenas: Ethical, clinical and legal issues pertaining to these topics are discussed and detailed guidelines are provided.
- Boundary crossing: Clinical, ethical and legal considerations are discussed and guidelines are provided for boundary crossings, such as self disclosure, touch, gifts, bartering, home visits, etc.
- Dual relationships: Unavoidable and helpful forms of dual relationships are described and guidelines are provided.
- Power in Psychotherapy: In depth analysis of the power relationships in psychotherapy and critical look at the "power differential" myth.
- HIPAA: Review of HIPAA regulations and step-by-step process of compliance is described. HIPAA forms are provided.
- Forensic Multiple Relationships: A review of the conflicts of interest and other ethical and legal concerns around the issues raised when psychotherapists and counselors serve as 'expert witnesses' in addition to being treaters.
- A critical look at the field of psychotherapy: A critique of self-serving beliefs and practices in the field of psychotherapy.
- Treatment plans: Treatment plans are like the blueprints of therapy. Having a plan is part of the standard of care. Regardless of their theoretical orientations, therapists should have a map, describing the expected therapeutic journey.
- Clinical-Ethical-Legal Guidelines provided:
- Ethical decision-making
- Treatment planning
- Record Keeping
- Boundary crossing
- Dual relationships
- Ethical risk management
- Touch in psychotherapy
- Bartering in psychotherapy
- Resources: The certificate program provides numerous online articles and other resources for guidelines, codes of ethics, boards' regulations, states' laws and more.
What Courses Are Included?
Bartering in Psychotherapy (6 CE Credits:)
The history of bartering is discussed, and the different ways of bartering, such as bartering for services vs. bartering for goods, are compared. Guidelines for ethical bartering are provided.
Boundaries in Psychotherapy (2 CE Credits:)
A video presentation of the issues of gifts, self-disclosure, touch, dual and multiple relationships, Internet transparency, home visits, bartering, attending clients' weddings, and other therapeutic boundaries in psychotherapy and counseling.
Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychotherapists (8 CE Credits:)
This unique and first-of-its kind course offers an introduction to digital ethics and to various social networking sites and activities and provides guidelines for how to manage the concerns that may arise for practitioners who are using these sites. Applicable ethical standards will be addressed. Some of the topics covered are clients Googling therapists, therapists Googling clients, emails and texting between therapists and clients, clients as facebook friends, and much more.
Ethical Decision-Making (6 CE Credits:)
The course outlines the moral and ethical considerations in ethical decision-making and presents several decision-making models.
Ethical and Clinical Aspects of Dual Relationships (6 CE Credits:)
The course describes, defines and discusses the complexities of boundary crossing, boundary violation and dual relationships in psychotherapy. It discusses, in depth, the importance of beneficial boundary crossings, such as self-disclosure, gifts, home visits and bartering, and details the complexities of beneficial and/or unavoidable dual relationships.
Forensic Dual Relationships: Treating Psychotherapists as Expert Witnesses (1 CE Credit:)
This unique short course focuses on situations where psychotherapists or counselors serve as expert witnesses in court. Such a dual role has been dubbed forensic dual relationship or forensic multiple relationship. Many psychotherapists, counselors and other mental health practitioners are neither aware of the numerous issues involved in such dual relationships nor always see it coming.
HIPAA Revised June 2016 (8 CE Credits:)
HIPAA regulations are described, explained and de-mystified. The reasons for compliance are discussed and a step-by-step process of compliance is described. HIPAA forms are provided.
Power in Psychotherapy and Counseling (6 CE Credits:)
In-depth analysis of the power relationships in psychotherapy and critical look at the "power differential" myth.
Power Relationships in Psychotherapy (2 CE Credits:)
An audio presentation of the complexities of power relationships in therapy and critique of the prevailing myth that all therapists are highly powerful and all clients are highly vulnerable.
Record Keeping (6 CE Credits:)
This extensive course provides detailed information and guidelines regarding why and what document, the ethics codes on clinical records, record retention, storage and disposal and much more. It also provides dozens of ready-to-use Clinical Forms for you to use in your private practice.
Subpoenas and How to Handle Them (1 CE Credit:)
This course identifies what subpoenas are and details on how to respond or not respond to them. The relevant issues of HIPAA, Patriot Act, Jaffee vs. Redmond and the complexities of releasing test data and test protocols are discussed.
Termination (4 CE Credits:)
The clinical, legal and ethical concerns with termination are discussed, as well as guidelines and reviews of the codes of ethics. Different types of termination will be addressed to include planned, unanticipated, unavoidable, mandatory, and those initiated by clients, by therapists, or by a third party.
The Risk of Risk Management (6 CE Credits:)
This course offers a critical look at the origin and impact of risk management practices. The potential dangers that risk management practices pose to the field of psychotherapy are articulated, and guidelines for ethical risk management practices are outlined.
The Standard of Care in Psychotherapy (1 CE Credits:)
This course defines and clarifies one of the most important concepts in psychotherapy: the Standard of Care. It details the elements that comprise the standard and identifies what the standard is not.
Touch in Psychotherapy (6 CE Credits:)
The importance of touch, in general, and in healing is examined. The sexualizing of all forms of touch and other sources of the prohibition of touch in therapy, such as psychoanalytic and risk management practices are detailed. Clinical and ethical guidelines for ethical touch are provided.
Treatment Planning (2 CE Credits:)
The exact steps and components of treatment planning are articulated. The course provides samples of treatment plans for several diagnoses and includes basic treatment planning forms for therapists to personalize and use in their practices.
This certificate program will teach the participant to:
- Give guidelines for dealing with issues, such as confidentiality, record keeping, informed consents, scope of practice, dual relationships, minors, storage of records, subpoenas and more.
- Apply the cutting edge technological complexities of computers, email, faxes and, especially, their impact on privacy and confidentiality.
- Teach the participant how to deal with modern digital technologies (i.e., e-mail, texting, video conferencing) and social networking issues in clinical practice.
- Identify, define and differentiate between boundary crossing, boundary violations and dual relationships in psychotherapy.
- Summarize the ethical and clinical issues involved in boundary crossings, such as self-disclosure, non-sexual touch, gifts, home-visits, etc.
- Report on the standard of care and how it is being determined.
- Review, in depth, what HIPAA is and how to become compliant.
- Utilize the basic clinical and HIPAA forms for your practice.
- Compare the relationships between HIPAA, states' laws and the codes of ethics.
- Relate a thorough review of the history of current codes of ethics of all major professional organizations in regard to record keeping, termination, fees, dual relationships, bartering, termination and more.
- Outline the ethical complexities brought about by managed care organizations.
- Appraise the process of risk-benefit analysis and of ethical decision-making in psychotherapy.
- Recommend how to ethically deal with diverse client populations and social justice issues.
- Apply further development of their ability for critical thinking as it pertains to ethical decisions.
- Summarize updated legal and ethical information.
- Apply the knowledge they need to make clinically and ethically sound and informed decisions.
- Describe how to avoid, when possible, and to deal ethically with conflict of interest in psychotherapy.