Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling

COVID-19 UPDATE: As things return to normal in the post-pandemic timeframe, Advanced Counselor Training will be providing at least 3 trainings per year of each topic we provide. Based on participant feedback, we have decided to stay virtual throughout 2021. We are currently judging the desire to return to in-person trainings. Basically the pandemic has shown people that they can attend live, interactive webinars for their continuing education instead of going on site, dealing with traffic, etc. It is much easier 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, in-person workshop. Thus we will continue to provide our top quality live, interactive webinars and continue to assess participants desire to return to live, in-person trainings in 2022. Our live, interactive webinars will be using 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:

“This was the best Ethics training I’ve ever attended. As a former Director, I wish it had been available when I was supervising every license and certification presented. Everything was presented in a very well organized and comprehensive manner.” – July, 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

“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

“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, malpractice, duty to warn, direct and vicarious liability, informed consent, confidentiality, and working within the parameters of ADA. Ethical areas covered include workplace harassment, dual relationships, ethical decision making and common ethical issues reported by counselors. Differences in certain standards by different mental health and substance use professions will be discussed. Teaching methods include lecture, interactive exercises and group participation/discussion.

 

Workshop Date:

November 19, 2021
Workshop hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Workshop Location:

Live, Interactive Webinar

 

Registration Information:

November 2021 Brochure

Register for July 2021

 

Course Objectives

  1. 1.Workshop participants will be able to differentiate the major elements necessary for informed consent 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 list the three component parts to the definition of imminent danger.

  4. 4.Workshop participants will be able to list and describe four different common areas of ethical complaints against counselors.

  5. 5.Workshop participants will be able to identify three distinctions between 42-CFR-Part2 confidentiality exceptions and NJ HIV confidentiality exceptions.

  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: Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling, Course #2789, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 01/23/2020 – 01/23/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Ethics continuing education credits.

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 info@clinicalsupervisor.net.

PARENTAL ADVISORY NOTICE: This Workshop Series Presenter runs a PG-13 Conference. If curse words tend to give you existential angst and/or you find them offensive… then DO NOT ATTEND!

DISCLAIMER: Management is cautioning that if offense occurs to you due random curse words (low level really, not the really bad ones), then it is possible this is NOT workshop for you. Caution! Presenter has sharp edges. This can be a very boisterous presentation. Laughing and learning may cause professional confusion in a small percentage of users; if this has occurred previously, take immediate actions that may include not attending this conference. A good sense of humor is required in order to attend. You know your humor limitations; this presenter DOES NOT!

 

Workshop Components:

8:30am – Sign in/Morning Coffee Station
9am – Malpractice (15 minutes)

  1. 1.What is needed to prove malpractice.

  2. 2.How to reduce legal liability.

  3. 9:15am – Duty to Warn and Protect (45 minutes)
  4. 1.Duty to warn defined.

  5. 2.NJ Legal Standards regarding duty to warn.

  6. 3.Imminent Danger Defined.

  7. 4.Supervisor and supervisee issues surrounding duty to warn.

  8. 5.NBCC and ACA on Duty to Warn.

  9. 6.Duty to warn interactive group exercises.

  10. 10am – Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Theory (30 minutes)
  11. 1.Ethical Decision Making.

  12. 2.Intrapsychic Theory of Ethical Decision Making.

  13. 3.Social Interaction Theory of Ethical Decision Making.

  14. 4.Most common ethical complaints against therapists.

  15. 10:30am – (15 Minute morning break)

    10:45am – Informed Consent (30 Minutes)

  16. 1.NJ DCA LCADC/CADC informed consent standards.

  17. 2.History of Fentanyl and recent trends.

  18. 3.Informed consent interactive group exercise.

  19. 11:15am – Confidentiality (45 minutes)
  20. 1.Confidentiality defined. Specific issues to 42-CFR-Part2 updated in 2017.

  21. 2.General confidentiality issues and how this impacts the counselor and the supervisor.

  22. 3.Exceptions to confidentiality.

  23. 4.Confidentiality interactive group exercise.

  24. 5.NJ LCADC/CADC Division of Consumer Affairs confidentiality standards.

  25. 12pm – Lunch (on your own)

    1pm – Record Keeping (30 minutes)

  26. 1.Types of clinical record keeping.

  27. 2.Clients access to their own records.

  28. 3.NJ LCADC/CADC Division of Consumer Affairs record keeping standards.

  29. 4.Record keeping group exercise.

  30. 1:30pm – ADA and Anti-discrimination Standards (30 minutes)
  31. 1.Americans with Disabilities Act.

  32. 2.Substance Abuse Standards in Regards to ADA.

  33. 3.The Concept of Reasonable Accommodation.

  34. 4.The Concept of Financial and/or Resource Undue Hardship.

  35. 5.ADA interactive group exercise.

  36. 2pm – (15 minute afternoon break)

    2:15pm – Dual Relationships (30 minutes)

  37. 1.What makes a dual relationship unethical?

  38. 2.Sexual and Non-sexual dual relationships.

  39. 3.Dual relationship interactive group exercise.

  40. 2:45pm Workplace Harassment (30 minutes)
  41. 1.Definition of Workplace Harassment.

  42. 2.Definition of Sexual Harassment.

  43. 3.NJ LCADC/CADC Division of Consumer Affairs harassment and sexual harassment standards.

  44. 4.Different licensures standards and group ethical standards and how they handle dual relationships with clients.

  45. 5.Issues and Responses Necessary in a Workplace Harassment Scenario.

  46. 3:00 PM – Sign-out, Issuance of Certificates of Completion

 

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

$129 Early Registration per workshop day (by 11/05/21)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 11/06/21 – 11/17/21)

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: Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling, Course #2789, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 01/23/2020 – 01/23/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 5 Ethics continuing education credits.

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

On December 20, 2019, the NJ LCADC/CADC committee waived the 3 hour legal standard requirement until the 2022 continuing education cycle. This was the correspondence received from the Executive Director Milagros Collazo regarding this matter: “The 3 hour [Legal Standards] course is in the [LCADC/CADC] regulations, but because the content has not been finalized and approved by the Committee, the requirement that the 3 hour course be completed for the 2020 renewal has been deferred for 2022. It has been postponed to allow the Committee more time to review and give final approval for the content.” When the committee finalizes their required content for this 3 hour course, we will be submitting our Legal Standards course to obtain approval from the committee. Stay tuned!

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! This course was not submitted for the 6 hours of legal standards required for LCADCs/CADCs in their first renewal period, as it is only a 5 hour continuing education course. This course does not meet the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d) as it has not been reviewed for that content.

4) Will this workshop only be held in Tinton Falls?

When live workshops resume again, then it will be offered in Tinton Falls and possibly other locations.

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.