Ethical Considerations for Mental Health Professionals Working with Children and Families
3 CE Credits
When providing therapy or other psycho-social services to a child or family, certain ethical dilemmas often arise that are unique to the family eco-system. This online CE course is designed to help mental health professionals working with families anticipate, prevent, and minimize the risks to clients that occur due to ethical dilemmas. The course examines ethical issues as they relate to the unique relationship that forms between the clinician and members of the family in an effort to increase awareness of how relevant ethical codes may affect their clinical work. Major topics included are client rights and responsibilities, informed consent, confidentiality, and managing boundaries while working as part of a treatment team. Case studies demonstrate how ethical dilemmas can occur quickly when a family or worker is unprepared for the possibility. Participants will learn a variety of ways of approaching the resolution of an ethical dilemma, and will be prepared to anticipate and avoid the occurrence of unnecessary ethical conflicts within the family eco-system.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours and ASWB CE clock hours (Ethics). NYSED CEs are NOT approved for this online course.
- Brief Review of Relevant Ethics Codes
- Clinical Scenarios for Your Consideration
- Informed Consent
- Multiple Relationships
- Confidentiality Rights
- Cultural Diversity and Changing Family Structures
- Child Protection Issues
- Caution When Using Technology
- Suggestions for Best Practice
- Web-Based Resources
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Review current ethics codes pertaining to the fields of child therapy and family therapy across the 6 major mental health sanctioning bodies in the field (e.g., APA, ASWB, NASW, NBCC, ACA, AAMFT).
- Recognize at least 5 prominent areas of ethical consideration that may arise when working with a child and/or family (e.g., informed consent, multiple relationships, confidentiality rights, cultural diversity/changing family structure, child protection issues).
- Establish clinical procedures and best practices to avoid and/or resolve ethical conflicts in the family therapy environment by utilizing a detailed 3-stage approach that includes an educational component, a personal connection component, and an action plan.