Mental illness is on the rise all across the United States, and the need for effective, ethical counseling is becoming more and more vital. However, the ethical, legal, and professional issues surrounding counseling can sometimes be overwhelming to sift through and incorporate into your already complex practice of treating patients.

Whether you work in a school or clinical setting, this course will give you a comprehensive look at (a) industry-accepted ethical codes within the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work; (b) potential professional issues that will require you to make ethical decisions in practice; and (c) the legal responsibilities and potential ramifications that may impact you if you fail to conduct your practice in an ethical manner. You’ll consider ethical dilemmas and design acceptable responses to such dilemmas so that you aren’t caught off guard in the moment. In addition, you’ll learn to maintain proper boundaries, gain informed consent, and recognize when to make referrals for your clients.

With the knowledge and skills you gain in this course, you will be able to work with diverse client populations while being confident that your practice is professional, ethical, and legal.