Ethical Concerns When Working with Children and Adolescents

$20.00 | CE Hours:4.00 | Beginning

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CEU Course Description

Behavioral health professionals who support children must be prepared for the unique experience of supporting children instead of adults in mental health. Children have unique needs, symptom presentation, and experience in treatment. They are also highly vulnerable to inappropriate bonding, abuse, neglect, and other issues regarding boundaries. Because of this, and because they simply deserve the best care, there are strong ethics that professionals must follow when supporting children in behavioral health. This course will review information related to the ethical concerns when working with children and adolescents as well as how to address them. 

Author: Kimberly H. Fortin, LCSW-R

References / Contributions by:

  1. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (2021). AACAP code of ethical principles. Retrieved from Principles.aspx
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2021). When Your Child, Teenager, or Adult Son or Daughter has a Mental Illness or Substance Use Disorder, Including Opioid Addiction: What Parents Need to Know about HIPAA. Retrieved from
  3. Society for Research in Child Development. (2021). Ethical principles and standards for developmental scientists. Retrieved from

  4. Compliancy Group LLC. (2021). HIPAA privacy rule with minors. Retrieved from

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Explore ethical responsibilities of various clinicians in behavioral health
  2. Review signs of abuse and neglect that require mandatory reporting
  3. Understand how clinicians can implement trauma-informed care and culturally sensitive care
  4. Examine services that are helpful for children and adolescents in therapy 

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Introduction
  2. Section 1: How Behavioral health professionals support children and adolescents in their work
  3. Section 2: Confidentiality and privacy in the treatment of children and adolescents
  4. Section 3: Ensuring competent care for children and adolescents
  5. Section 4: Respecting autonomy
  6. Section 5: Child abuse reporting
  7. Section 6: Providing culturally sensitive care
  8. Section 7: Avoiding harm
  9. Section 8: Maintaining neutrality, avoiding bias, keeping healthy boundaries
  10. Section 9: Sharing information
  11. Section 10: Case studies
  12. References

ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 05/25/2023

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