Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling

May 20, 2024. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time Zone (Live, Interactive Webinar. ASWB and NBCC Approved)

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 (adopted in 2022), 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 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.


Workshop Date:

May 20, 2024 (Live, Interactive Webinar)
Workshop hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time Zone

Registration Information:

May 2024 Brochure

Register for May 2024

Next Workshop:

August 27, 2024 (Live, Interactive Webinar)
Workshop hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time Zone

Registration Information:

August 2024 Brochure

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Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 5 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT and LAMFT) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). Social Workers: Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling, Course #5518, 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: 02/01/2024 – 02/01/2026. 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

PARENTAL ADVISORY NOTICE: This Workshop Series Presenter runs a PG-13 Conference. Random cursing has occurred in the past. The presenter does his best to use outdated curse words that you have to Google to understand their meaning, like “tarnation” and “dagnabbit”. So, if you think a “muckspout couldn’t teach a hen to cluck” or if you find current curse words offensive … then DO NOT ATTEND!

DISCLAIMER: Management is cautioning that if offense occurs to you due to random (tier 2, not the really bad) curse words, then it is possible this is NOT the workshop for you. Caution! Presenter has sharp edges. This can be a very boisterous presentation. Laughing and learning has been shown to have certain side effects in less than 1% of the population. Side effects include professional confusion from laughing and learning, and mild to moderate irritability in some users. In rare instances it can lead to severe reactions, such as wanting to contact the authorities. If any of these have occurred previously, take immediate actions that may include, but not limited to, not attending this workshop/conference series! A good sense of humor is required in order to attend. You know your humor limitations; this presenter DOES NOT!

Previous Workshop Feedback:

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 always very engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and creates such an open, interactive training space. Thank you!” – February, 2024

“I truly appreciated this course. Most engaging and thorough ethics and legal issues course I’ve ever completed in 15 years since I began working.” – November, 2023

“I am thoroughly satisfied with this workshop. I don’t think I’ve laughed out loud so much in a workshop and looked forward to attending on subsequent days after the initial session. Excellent—and I’ve been to decades of trainers! I have attended supervision courses before and was a bit apprehensive that it would be repetative or boring, or both. I am so relieved that I learned new information.” – September, 2023

“This course was so well done! I was very impressed with Glenn’s method of delivery. Who knew a PowerPoint presentation could be enjoyable? Glenn utilized so many different sources of solid information to support his presentation, his sense of humor, and old school radio DJ voice really made the information communicated a great learning experience.” – July, 2023

“I love Glenn’s presentation style – it is always engaging, time flies by and I receive a ton of information!” – January, 2023

“This was the best course I have had during my entire 30 year career. Hard not to pay attention since I was laughing the through most of it. Great sense of humor while presenting this material. Easier to learn when the instructor is presenting in this fashion.” – October, 2022

“Glenn did an incredible job presenting the information in a way that was interesting and engaging. It will certainly be helpful in my everyday practice. I would attend any trainings done by Glenn. Zoom trainings can be daunting, and often I end up multitasking, but i paid attention during the entire full day training.” – October, 2022

This entire workshop was beyond my expectations!! I learned so much valuable information and was engaged throughout the entire presentation. Glenn Duncan should be the only one allowed to teach this course, as he can knowledge beyond his years. I wish Glenn Duncan could be every professional’s supervisor, as he is spot on. I love the information displayed during our breaks.” – July, 2022

“Glenn is simply one of the most knowledgeable and effective teachers I have ever encountered. He is brilliant, his knowledge is pertinent and up to date and he is so funny that your mind never has a second to wander. I learn so much when I take one of his workshops.” – July, 2022

“The presenter to made the content of a Legal Standards course very interesting and he used his LPC & LCADC as examples. The presenter had a great sense of humor too. He made this course so informative and presented it in such a way that I didn’t want to miss a word of what he was saying. I enjoyed it so much more than I expected to and I will look for all courses he teaches.” – June, 2022

“The most useful part of this course was the combination of comprehensive information, and how it was delivered. Glenn was enthusiastic and informative. He had endless informative examples and was ready to answer any questions that came up.” – April, 2022

Glenn presents the material in a knowledgeable way and provides amazing clarity to guidelines that can be confusing. I always look forward to his trainings and find them highly applicable. He is also approachable to ask questions and I feel individual needs are met in addition to the basic training material.” – February, 2022

“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

“I chose this [Harm Reduction] course because it’s a topic to which I have a very visceral reaction and I wanted to challenge myself. I’m so happy that I did challenge myself. I realized that I thought I knew what encompasses harm reduction, but having more education about what good harm reduction means was a real game changer.” – August, 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).

Workshop Timed Agenda:

8:30 AM – Zoom meeting opens for participants to enter. Workshop begins at 9 a.m.
9 am – Regulations vs. Statutes (30 minutes)

  • A. Statutues vs. Regulations.

  • B. Alcohol and Drug Committee (ADC) Clinical Supervision Regulations (updated changes from 2019) along with the proposed virtual supervision changes (potentially in 2024).

  • C. How to find changes and/or updates in licensure regulations and laws.

  • D. Discussion of top violations of licensure regulations and laws.


  • 9:30 am – The Uniform Enforcement Act and Impairment (30 minutes)

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

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

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

  • D. Small group exercise on UFA.


  • 10 am – Sexual Misconduct and Harassment (15 minutes)
  • A. Sexual misconduct and harassment regulations.

  • B. Different licensure regulations and ethical regulations on sexual misconduct and harassment.


  • 10:15 am – (15 Minute morning break)

  • 10:30 am – Duty to Report (45 minutes)
  • A. 13:34C-3.4(a) Duty to report others.

  • B. 13:34C-3.4(b) Duty to report self.

  • C. 13:34C-3.4(c) Duty to respond.

    11:15 am – ADC Telehealth/Telemedicine Rule (30 minutes)

  • A. 13:34C-3.4(a) Overview of the ADC Telehealth/Telemedicine rule adoption.

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

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


  • 11:45 am – Clinical Supervision (30 minutes)

  • A. Changes to ADC clinical supervision regulations.

  • B. Clinical supervision of counselor interns.

  • C. Clinical supervision of credentialed interns.

  • D. Clinical supervision of CADCs.


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

  • 1:15 pm – Malpractice (30 minutes)

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

  • B. How to reduce liability.


  • 1:45 pm Duty to Warn and Protect (30 minutes)
  • A. Duty to warn and protect defined.

  • B. NJ Legal Standards regarding duty to warn.

  • C. Imminent Danger Defined.

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

  • E. Duty to warn interactive group exercise.


  • 2:15 pm – (15 Minute afternoon break)

  • 2:30 pm – Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Theory (30 minutes)
  • A. Ethical Decision Making.

  • B. Intrapsychic theory of ethical decision making.

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

  • D. Most common ethical complaints against therapists.


  • 3 pm – Dual Relationships (30 minutes)
  • A. What makes a dual relationship unethical?

  • B. NAADAC code on dual relationships.

  • C. Sexual and non-sexual dual relationships.

  • D. Definition of workplace harassment.

  • E. Definition of sexual harassment.

  • F. NJ ADC Division of Consumer Affairs harassment and sexual harassment standards.

  • G. Issues and responses necessary in a workplace harassment situation.


  • 3:30 pm – Question and answer period, dissemination of certificates of completion.

$129 Early Registration for May 20, 2024 per workshop day (by 05/06/24)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 05/07/24 – 05/18/24)

$129 Early Registration for August 27, 2024 per workshop day (by 08/13/24)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 08/14/24 – 08/25/24)

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 #5518, 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: 02/01/2024 – 02/01/2026. 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?

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?

The pandemic has shown us that live, interactive webinars provide us with the ease of being able to do continuing education remotely. We plan to go back to offering these workshops in both interactive webinar and live workshops formats. However, we will only do go back to live workshops when it is safe to do so, and when 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, will this workshop be offered in a hybrid fashion (e.g., open to either those attending in person or via webinar simultaneously)?

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, and will only be offered as such.