Ethics, Confidentiality and Boundary Issues in Professional Counseling (UPDATED)

$6.00 | CE Hours:2.00 | Intermediate

CEU Course Description

This CE course describes the ethical behavior and responsibility to which counselors aspire by covering the following themes: the counseling relationship; confidentiality and privacy; professional responsibility; relationships with other professionals; evaluation, assessment, and interpretation; supervision, training, and teaching; research and publication; distance counseling, technology, and social media; and resolving ethical issues.

Article Author:  American Counseling Association, Ethics Revision Task Force overseen by Marcheta Evans, Ph.D.
Exam writer:  Patricia Hocking-Walker, M.S. (Psychology)

Course Objectives

1. Identify the core professional values of the counseling profession and the main purposes of the ACA Code of Ethics.

2. Describe actions that professional counselors take to facilitate client growth and promote the development of healthy relationships.

3. Outline ethical and legal responsibilities pertaining to confidentiality and privacy, research and publication, ae well as technology and distance counseling.

4. Evaluate the counselor’s role in maintaining professional competence, complying with applicable standards, and protecting relationships with colleagues, employers, employees, and supervisees.

5. Discuss how professional counselors promote the well-being of clients by developing and using appropriate evaluations and assessments.

6. Review the procedures for resolving ethical conflicts and issues.

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

To see approvals for a different license type in your state, visit our state by state provider approval listings here.


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Added On: 2015-04-10

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