Description: The objective of this course is to instruct mental health clinicians in the use of the best practice ethical decision making models for addressing complex ethical dilemmas. When the trainee completes this course, he or she will:

1) Grasp the most important models for addressing and resolving ethical dilemmas
2) Understand factors that may impact the use of the best practices approaches
3) Learn the special complications created by ethical practice with clients from non-majority cultures
4) Comprehend the factors involved in cultural competency
5) Know the model for addressing ethical decision making in cross-cultural counseling

This course is designed for mental health clinicians in the early to intermediate stage of their career, or for clinicians seeking review in this area..

This course was written by Sally Sutton, MA, MSSW, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute for Health Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. Ms. Sutton completed her graduate work in social work and public policy and administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to over 25 years work as a social justice advocate, managing nonprofits and being involved in the debate on many public policy issues impacting social workers and their clients, Ms. Sutton has taught graduate level courses in legal and ethical issues in social work, provided continuing education workshops on the same topics, and currently serves as an officer on the board of the state chapter of the NASW as well as on that group’s ethics committee.


Approvals: has been approved by NBCC as an approved continuing education provider, ACEP No. 6071. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs., Inc., provider #1104, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit., Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 11/15/2020 to 11/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours. 

This course is approved for 3 contact hours in core or ethics by the following certifying bodies:

The National Association of Social Workers through approval by NASW GA

Ethics courses taken online may not be counted towards the 5 hour ethics requirement under licensure in the state of Georgia, but may be applied to core continuing educational requirements.

States with their own approval process:

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number, BAP #50-2193