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 counselors are likely to face.


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

-Describe the principles of ethical decision making
-Apply the steps and stages of making an ethical decision
-Define what principles and interests are being
balanced when making an ethical decision
-How these principles and interests work
in the complex relationships that are created
when a clinician works with clients
- Important leadership principles related to
ethical practice

This course is primarily designed for clinicians
in the earlier stages of their career, or for
more advanced clinicians reviewing basic concepts
of ethical decision making.

This course was written by Charles D. Safford, LCSW,
President of, Inc. 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.
Scenarios studied in this course were presented
at the 2001 annual conference of NASW GA.

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;
3 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 3 contact hours in ethics