Though it is important not to “scare” ourselves out of pursuing opportunities to grow professionally, practicing mindfully and methodically can help minimize issues down the road and ensure you adequately protect your license and your livelhood. We hold disproportionate power in relation to our clients. We are ultimately entrusted by our licensing boards to acquire and maintain competence and to not misuse or exploit this power – i.e. to “do no harm” (nonmaleficence) and foster client welfare (beneficence).
Even if you’ve been in practice for a while, without proper ethics refreshers, you run the risk, especially with longtime clients, of becoming blind to the various pitfalls and dangers inherent in our field – no matter your professional setting or treatment population.
This program will explore the ethics of competency and scope of practice for mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.. Attendees will look at the multiple codes of ethics to understand what professional organization directives mean for our individual practice. Attendees will learn about gatekeeping and scope in other professions and how this can dictate our practice (i.e., giving nutritional or medical advice); examine the research around competency and scope to help us determine what it has to say about our readiness to work with specific clients or in specific modalities; and discuss the importance of consultation in broadening our competency in the context of current research.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Discuss ethical principles around scope in practice with an awareness of the ethics associated with their specific profession.
b). Develop and maintain self-awareness around competency and apply a framework for considering best practices in serving clients with specific needs and/or diagnoses.
c).Recognize limits of clinical competency and apply a framework for getting consultation/supervison, further training, and/or referring out.
d). Learn and apply the research around professional identity, competency, and best practices.
Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.
Instructor(s): Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S
Material Author(s): Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S
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