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H SER 119 - Laws, Professionalism, and Ethics

3 Credits
Addresses the legal requirements and ethical guidelines for chemical dependency professionals, the ethical decision-making process, effective therapeutic relationships and professional development and well being.


Quarters Typically Offered

Spring Online

Designed to Serve Professional technical and transfer students in Chemical Dependency Professional or Human Services. Transfer students as an area of emphasis. Individuals employed in the fields of chemical dependency counseling or human services.
Active Date 2011-06-15

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 36
Contact Hours: Lecture 33 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 33
Degree Distributions:
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
I. Legal requirements II. Ethical guidelines III. Ethical decision-making IV. Legal resources V. Counselor and client communication VI. Counselor client relationships VII. Professional development VIII. Personal physical and mental health IX. Supervision and the supervisory relationship

Student Learning Outcomes
Describe guidelines and requirements necessary to address ethical and legal issues including confidentiality, client at risk for suicide or violence, self-disclosure, mandatory reporting requirements, and client rights.

List and explain specific legal requirements for chemical dependency professionals.

Demonstrate the ability to accurately and clearly inform clients of their rights.

Describe confidentiality regulations as they apply to the referral process, and all client information-sharing activities.

Demonstrate the ability to engage in the ethical decision-making process.

Describe the importance of a respectful and nonjudgemental relationship with, and when referring to, all clients.

Develop a plan to meet continuing education requirements, continued research, learning, and professional growth.

Develop a plan to maintain one’s own physical and mental health.

Demonstrates the ability to assess one’s own performance.

Explain the role of clinical supervision and the importance of a positive supervisory relationship.

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