The objective of this introductory course
on ethics is to help the mental health
clinician understand the key components
of the process of making ethical decisions,
using a number of scenarios to highlight
some of the common ethical dilemmas that
clinical professionals are likely to face.


When the trainee completes this course,
he or she will be able to:

-Identify the principles of ethical
decision making
-Apply the steps and stages of making
an ethical decision
-Describe what principles and interests
are being balanced when making an ethical
-Aopply how these principles and interests
work in the complex relationships that are
created when a clinician works with clients

This course is primarily designed for clinicians
early in their career, or for clinicians
reviewing basic concepts of ethical decision making.

This course was written by Charles D. Safford, LCSW,
President of, Inc., with guidance
and input from other senior, Inc.
course developers and from NASW GA.
Mr. Safford has over 40 years of post-master’s
experience as a clinician, and has over 25 years
of experience as a training developer and trainer
in business and clinical settings.


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.

As noted on the NBCC web site, "most professional counselor
state licensure boards readily accept NBCC credit
for licensure renewal.", 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: 11/15/2023 to 11/15/2026.

Social workers participating in this course will receive;
5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

With the notable exception of New York and New Jersey,
ASWB approval is accepted for licensed social workers.

This course is approved for 5 contact hours in ethics