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Ethical Considerations For Substance Abuse Counselors

Working in the substance abuse treatment field presents dilemmas relating to personal beliefs, judgments, and values. The history of how society views persons with addictions is fraught with emotions, misconceptions, and biases that have affected the care of drug abusers.

This course will explore the definition of ethics and how it differs from morality and law.  We will look at the terms frequently used, structured processes for solving ethical issues, and potential areas of ethical challenges such as recovering addicts as professionals, e-therapy, and competence.


This course will award 1 continuing education hour.

Authors:  Roger Crutchfield, CAP, and Sarah Reinhart, LCSW
Mr. Crutchfield, CAP, is a certified addiction professional through the Florida Certification Board and the ICDC.
Ms. Reinhart, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida.  

Course Information: 
Relevance and Target Audience:  This course is designed for master’s level counselors and social workers, addiction professionals, and nurses who work with individuals suffering from excessive worry in the wake of situational stressors.  

Content level:  Intermediate
Course Format:  This course is offered as a self-paced distance learning format (reading-based online activity)
System Requirements:  This course is offered online.  Internet connection required.
Course Completion Information:  To earn continuing education credit, professionals must register and pay the fee for the course.  They must read the content and demonstrate understanding by earning a minimum score of 70 percent on testing materials.  The certificate of completion will be able to be downloaded after the above is completed. Refunds will be granted upon request with the withdrawal of credit for the course.  For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please call 866-863-4225 or email [email protected].

Provider number:  50-204
Course ID: 20-1001608
OHSW Provider number:  50-32249
Course ID:  20–979116

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