Title: Leadership, Authority and Ethical Decision Making for More Advanced Clinicians
Description: The objective of this intermediate course on ethics is to deepen the understanding of the process of making ethical decisions, with a focus on the importance of leadership issues that are involved in ethical decision making. This course includes a brief review of concepts presented in’s introductory course on the ethical decision making process, and provides a number of scenarios to highlight some of the concepts presented in the training program. When the trainee completes this course, he or she will have a better understanding of the following:

1) Key principles of leadership and their relation to clinical practice
2) Key leadership skills and their relation to clinical practice
3) What is involved in defining the correct mission in clinical work with clients
4) Key principles related to professional authority, and the proper uses of professional authority
5) The relationship between humility and effective practice with clients
6) The difference between legal, moral, and ethical modes of examining complex situations
7) The role of the clinician’s and the client’s values in a leadership oriented ethical approach

This course will also serve to reinforce important understandings related to each mental health clinician's obligations towards protecting the integrity of his/her profession.

This intermediate level course is primarily designed for clinicians in the intermediate stages of their career, or for more senior clinicians reviewing basic concepts in this area.

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 20 years of post-master’s experience as a clinician, and has over fifteen 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., Inc., provider #1104, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program., Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/15/2020 to 11/15/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 clinical continuing education clock hours.


This course is approved for 5 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