Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling

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.

NOTE: New Jersey requires that mental health licensures (LCSW and LPC) require 5 hours in ethics training every two year cycle, and this course meets that need and is approved by the NBCC. This course is pending approval by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. LCADCs/CADCs recently passed a rule adoption that they all must receive 3 hours in training on legal standards every two year cycle. This training meets this requirement also!

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.


Workshop Date:

March 31, 2020
Workshop hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Workshop Location:

DoubleTree Hilton, 700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724

Feedback From Previous Workshop Participants of this Workshop:

“One of the best informational workshops I have ever attended! Fantastic!”

“The presenter was awesome! I would love to have him do all my CEU trainings!”


Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 5 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). Social Workers: Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling is pending approval by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.


Registration Information:

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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.

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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. 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

Course Completion Requirements:

All participants will have to show 100% attendance. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. Participants will have to sign in at the beginning of the workshop and sign out at the end of the workshop. All participants must complete the course evaluation and hand it in at the end of the workshop. Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who meet all of these requirements at the end of the workshop day.

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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    2:45pm Workplace Harassment (45 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.

    3:30 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 03/17/20)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 03/18/20 – 03/29/20)

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 and ASWB approved thus it is good for LPCs, LACs, LCSWs, LSWs, LCADCs, CADCs, LMFTs and LAMFTs. Social Workers: Legal Standards and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Counseling is pending approval by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.
2) Will this workshop only be held in Tinton Falls?

Currently, we are holding this in central NJ to allow as many people as possible to have access to this workshop.
3) Will this workshop count towards the 3 hours needed for NJ LCADCs/CADCs in Legal Standards?

Yes it will!