Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling (25-Mar-22)

COVID-19 UPDATE: As we close in on 2 years shifting continuing education from in person to virtual, we will continue to monitor COVID variants and people’s desire to return to live, in-person workshops. We will also monitor the viability of live workshops, as we will be dipping our feet back to judge the interest in traveling and attending a live workshop vs. interactive live webinars. Advanced Counselor Training will be providing at least 3 trainings per year of each topic we provide (except in GA and AL where we provide 2 trainings per year). Based on participant feedback, we have decided to stay virtual throughout the first half of 2022. Basically the pandemic has shown people that they can attend live, interactive webinars with relative ease. For many it is extremely convenient to pop open your device, and attend a live, interactive webinar without the worry of traffic, COVID, or other concerns that could come with attending an in-person workshop. Thus we will continue to gage these conditions and continue polling attendees to see what is favorable moving forward. Our live, interactive webinars will use the Zoom platform. If you are good with proceeding in this webinar format, then please feel free to register today!

I know what you’re thinking … a webinar? Really? Yes, and I solemnly swear to do my best to not make this a snooze fest! Here is recent feedback from webinars:
“Glenn is literally the best instructor ever as he effectively uses his sense of humor and knowledge so that i actually retain the information. He keeps me very interested in the subject matter.” – November, 2021
“Glenn presents the material in a way that is easy to understand. He is very entertaining which helps to keep my attention. I would rank him as one of the best presenters ever.” – June, 2021
“I’ve been licensed since 1998, and this was the most informative and entertaining workshop I’ve attended!!” – March, 2021
“Glenn was engaging and very interactive. This was probably the best web based CE I have attended and I really appreciate how enthusiastic the presenter was to keep us engaged.” – September, 2020
“An amazing distribution of information!” – May, 2020 (and yes that is actual feedback from a webinar participant).
“The instructor was awesome and really made the training fun. Great information and very enjoyable, even as a webinar over Zoom!” – April, 2020
“Thank you for making it feel like we were with a real person, not a webinar-bot. It was the best webinar presentation in last 51 days of social isolation, and I have done lots of webinars.” – April, 2020

Workshop Overview

This interactive workshop focuses on the major elements of legal and ethical issues surrounding counselors in working with patients who have substance use disorders. In this workshop, participants will learn about the different areas of legal and ethical concern for today’s counselors working with clients who have both mental health and substance use issues. Legal areas include scope of clinical practice regarding supervision (including 2019 changes), malpractice, duty to warn, ADC informed consent regulations, confidentiality and ADC regulations, ADC telehealth and telemedicine regulations (proposed in 2021), and NJ Uniform Enforcement Act changes (including 2021 changes). Other recent changes to include the required 3 hours of Legal Standards training include regulation/statute changes in ADC continuing education (3 hours of Legal Standards) and statutory requirements of 1 hour of opioid training (for those dually licensed professionals). Ethical areas covered include workplace harassment, dual relationships, ethical decision making and common ethical issues reported by counselors. Teaching methods include lecture, interactive exercises and group participation/discussion.


Workshop Date:

March 25, 2022
Workshop hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Workshop Format:

Live, Interactive Webinar


Registration Information:

March 2022 Brochure

Register for March 2022


Course Objectives

  1. 1.Workshop participants will be able to differentiate the major elements necessary to be a qualified supervisor according to the NJ LCADC/CADC licensure regulations.

  2. 2.Workshop participants will be able to identify two changes to NJ Duty to Warn statute that were implemented in 2018.

  3. 3.Workshop participants will be able to identify NJ LCADC/CADC licensure regulations for confidentiality, record keeping and dual relationships.

  4. 4.Workshop participants will be able to identify at least 3 of the telehealth/telemedicine NJ LCADC/CADC regulatory categories.

  5. 5.Workshop participants will be able to identify at least 3 of the NJ Uniform Enforcement Act Duty to Report components.

  6. 6.Workshop participants will be able to identify at least two different theories of ethical decision making.


Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 5 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). This training is NBCC approved, which is an approved provider of LCADC/CADC continuing education. On December 20th, the NJ LCADC/CADC committee waived the 3 hour legal standard requirement until the 2022 continuing education cycle (see the full explanation in the FAQ section below). Social Workers: This course has been submitted to the ASWB for consideration of CE approval.

How do I obtain my certificate of completion in a Webinar World?:

Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the workshop day to participants who meet our requirements. We will determine conference attendance through Zoom logs (as Zoom tracks when people enter and leave a conference), ensuring participants were attending during the entire conference. NOTE: You must use your own computer, if you and an office mate are attending the conference, do not surf off somebody else’s monitor because Zoom will state you weren’t in attendance. Your fillable PDF workshop evaluation will be emailed to you prior to the conference. Please fill out this evaluation and email it back to us at the same email address that sent you the evaluation. PDF Certificates of completion will be emailed to participants within 48 hours upon the return of the workshop evaluation.


Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:

Valid requests must be received in writing/email within seven (7) days of course date. Late requests for this 1 day workshop can only bring in a substitute attendee or receive credit for a future workshop date. All refunds are subject to a $15.00 processing fee. If paid by credit card, an additional $4.04 fee will be assessed to cover the cost of PayPal processing charges on credit cards. Refund requests require 2-3 weeks processing time and will be issued as a check as is our policy.

Course Content Level:

Social Workers: Course content for this conference is intermediate level.

Privacy Policy:

Advanced Counselor Training keeps all information private. None of your information will go out to any other vendors, marketers, or other 3rd party applications or programs. On-line sign-up is done via a secured, encrypted server and any hard copy information sent to Advanced Counselor Training is stored in a locked, secure location.

Grievance Policy:

Valid grievance requests must be received in writing/email within ten days of workshop date, or can be provided in person directly after the workshop. Every attempt will be made to resolve a grievance with a complainant at the time of the grievance. Advanced Counselor Training’s social work consultant will be involved in all grievance resolutions for social workers. Should this not be resolved, the complainant will be provided further grievance procedures to follow including contacting the Licensed Professional Counselor Committee at the Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6415, and/or contacting NBCC at (336) 547-0607, to report the nature of the unresolved grievance.

Any social worker not pleased with the complaint resolution provided by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC may appeal to the CE accrediting entity or their jurisdictional board. The State Board of Social Worker Examiners at the Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (973) 504-6495.

Disability Accommodations:

If you need any accommodations due to a disability, please contact Advanced Counselor Training, LLC upon registration to the workshop. We can be reached at 732-544-2189 or via email at


Workshop Components:

8:30 am – Zoom webinar opens for attendees to enter, workshop begins at 9 a.m.
9 am – Clinical Supervision Regulations (15 minutes)

  1. A. Statutes vs. Regulations.

  2. B. Alcohol and Drug Committee (ADC) Clinical Supervision Regulations (updated changes from 2019).

  3. C. Comparison to other NJ licensure’s clinical supervision standards.

  4. D. Discussion of cross licensure differences and legal implications.

    9:15 am – Malpractice (15 minutes)

    1. A. What is needed to prove malpractice and malpractice insurance discussion.

    2. B. How to reduce liability.


    4. 9:30 am – Duty to Warn and Protect (45 minutes)
    5. A. Duty to warn defined.

    6. B. NJ Legal Standards regarding duty to warn.

    7. C. Imminent Danger Defined.

    8. D. Supervisor and supervisee issues surrounding duty to warn.

    9. E. NBCC and ACA on Duty to Warn.

    10. F. Duty to warn interactive group exercises.


    12. 10:15 am – (15 Minute morning break)

    13. 10:30 am – Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Theory (30 minutes)
    14. A. Ethical Decision Making.

    15. B. Intrapsychic theory of ethical decision making.

    16. C. Social Interaction and Utilitarian theories of ethical decision making.

    17. D. Most common ethical complaints against therapists.


    19. 11 am – New ADC Telehealth/Telemedicine Rule (30 minutes)
    20. A. Overview of the ADC Telehealth/Telemedicine rule proposal and eventual adoption.

    21. B. Specific covering Telehealth regulation 13:34C-7.3 Standard of care.

    22. C. Specific covering Telehealth regulation 13:34C-7.7 Prevention of fraud and abuse.

      11:30 am – Confidentiality and Informed Consent (45 Minutes)

    24. A. Confidentiality defined. Specific issues to 42-CFR-Part2 updated in 2017.

    25. B. General confidentiality issues and how this impacts the counselor and the supervisor.

    26. C. Exceptions to confidentiality.

    27. D. Confidentiality interactive group exercise.

    28. E. NJ ADC Division of Consumer Affairs confidentiality standards.

    29. F. NJ ADC Informed Consent standards.


    31. 12:15 pm – Lunch (on your own – 1 hour)

    32. 1:15 pm – Record Keeping (30 minutes)
    33. A. Types of clinical record keeping.

    34. B. Clients access to their own records.

    35. C. NJ ADC Division of Consumer Affairs record keeping standards.

    36. D. Record keeping interactive group exercise.

      1:45 pm – The Uniform Enforcement Act and Impairment (30 minutes)

    38. A. Overview of the Uniform Enforcement Act 2021 revision.

    39. B. Section 37 of UFA regarding Duty to Report.

    40. C. Section 21 of URA regarding Refusal to License or Renew, Grounds.

    41. D. What constitutes employee impairment?

    42. E. Impaired employee interactive group exercise.


    44. 2:15 pm – (15 minute afternoon break)
      2:30 pm – Dual Relationships (30 minutes)
    45. A. What makes a dual relationship unethical?

    46. B. NAADAC code on dual relationships.

    47. C. Sexual and non-sexual dual relationships.


    49. 3 pm Workplace Harassment (30 minutes)
    50. A. Definition of workplace harassment.

    51. B. Definition of sexual harassment.

    52. C. NJ ADC Division of Consumer Affairs harassment and sexual harassment standards.

    53. D. Different licensures standards and group ethical standards and how they handle dual relationships with clients.

    54. E. Issues and responses necessary in a workplace harassment situation.


    56. 3:30 pm – Question and answer period, instructions on how to obtain PDF of certificate of completion


    5 Hour Workshop – Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling

    $129 Early Registration per workshop day (by 03/11/22)
    $150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 03/12/22 – 03/23/22)

    Target Audience:

    Substance Use Counselors, Clinical Directors, Professional Counselors, Social Workers, DMHAS Licensed Facilities and Case Managers.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1) Which licensures are these clock hours approved for?

    This course is NBCC approved thus it is good for LPCs, LACs, LCADCs, CADCs, LMFTs and LAMFTs. Social Workers: This course has been submitted to the ASWB for consideration of CE approval.

    2) Will this workshop count towards the 3 hours needed for NJ LCADCs/CADCs in Legal Standards?

    YES! We have structured the course to have 3 hours of alcohol and drug committee (ADC) legal standards updates (e.g., clinical supervision regulation changes, telemedicine rule adoption) in the morning section, and then focus on the ethical issues in substance use counseling separately in the afternoon. Advanced Counselor Training, LLC (utilizing ADC approved legal standards trainer Glenn Duncan) will provide 3 hours of legal standards training required by N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d) and the 2 hours of ethical issues in substance use counseling training.

    3) Will this workshop count towards the one-time 6 hours needed for NJ LCADCs/CADCs in Legal Standards during their first renewal cycle?

    NO! While ADC approved trainer Glenn Duncan will be teaching this workshop, this course was not submitted for the 6 hours of legal standards training required for LCADCs/CADCs in their first renewal period, as it is only covers 3 hours of legal standards content (N.J.A.C. 13:34C) and also covering 2 hours of ethical issues outside of N.J.A.C. 13:34C.

    4) Will this workshop only be held as a live, interactive webinar?

    When live workshops resume again, then it will be offered in Tinton Falls and possibly other locations. However, we are seeing a couple of things 1) COVID variants causing rolling changes in live in-door events, and 2) the ease of being able to do continuing education remotely. We hope to go back to live workshops, but will only do so when it is safe and we feel enough people would support coming out to a live in-person workshop.

    5) If the workshop is presented in both a live, interactive webinar and as an in-person training, can I take this workshop in a hybrid fashion (e.g., take the webinar portion in the morning, and later attend the in-person workshop in the afternoon?)

    No! We currently do not have approval for the hybrid format, nor are we seeking approval for the hybrid format. Therefore, the entire workshop must be taken either as a live, interactive webinar or as an in-person live workshop.