Ethics and Legal Regulations for Behavioral Health Professionals

$10.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Beginning

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CEU Course Description

Behavioral health providers are responsible for much more than just providing mental health services to patients. They are responsible for protecting the patient, their communities, the ethics of their profession, the confidentiality of everyone involved, and much more when providing care. Therefore, it is essential for behavioral healthcare professionals to understand and apply the ethical and legal requirements in behavioral health federally and in their local areas. This course will review information regarding the ethics and legal obligations for behavioral health professionals. 

Author: Sara Amundson, MSW

References / Contributions by:

  1. American Mental Health Counselors Association. (2020). Code of ethics. Retrieved from
  2. NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals. (2016). Code of ethics. Retrieved from

  3. Zur, O. (2020). Dual relationships, multiple relationships, boundaries, boundary crossings, and boundary violations in psychotherapy, counseling, and mental health. Retrieved from

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Explore the ethical responsibilities for a variety of common behavioral health providers
  2. Review the boundaries involved in behavioral health to immediately apply in practice
  3. Recognize dual relationships and know when to remove self from a dual relationship
  4. Examine laws regarding confidentiality, mandatory reporting, and duty to warn

CE Outline with Main Points

  1. Introduction
  2. Who are behavioral health professionals?
  3. Professional Ethics
  4. Boundaries
  5. Dual relationships
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Mandated reporting and limitations
  8. Duty to warn and the Tarasoff case
  9. 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: 12/31/1969

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