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2021 Ethics Framework for Case Managers, Rehab Counselors, Disability Managers, and Addiction Professionals (ET2021)


Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA


Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCAPP, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, CNLCP, COHN/COHN-S, COPS-KT, CRCC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, MCBAP-Related, MSCC, NAADAC, VRA-Canada


Credit Hours: 2


Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course will familiarize students with basic ethical principles and theories. We will present a six-step guide to ethical decision making for addressing such issues. The CCMC Code of Professional Conduct will be reviewed as it relates to common ethical dilemmas including conflict of interest, dual relationships, patient advocacy and confidentiality for those particular areas of practice. There will be takeaways from the discussion that can be applied in your daily practice.

Along similar lines, the codes of professional conduct for CDMS, CRC, and Addiction Professionals will also be discussed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of ethical questions for healthcare professionals and some of those are discussed, as well.



Course Objectives

  1. Describe the four major ethical principles and major ethical theories.

  2. Present ethical considerations including veracity, fidelity, slippery slope, and double effect.

  3. Explain the ethical theory of utilitarianism and benefit and burden ratio

  4. List the six steps in the ethical decision -making model and practice those six steps using the case study provided.

  5. Contrast moral, ethical, and legal ideas and how they affect practice in healthcare

  6. Reference how the particular Ethical Code of Conduct guides the CRC, CDMS, CCM and Addiction Professionals in ethical dilemmas about diversity, conflict of interest, boundary issues and discrimination.

  7. State the responsibility of the CDMS, CRC, CCM and Addiction Professionals in those various ethical dilemmas.

  8. Discuss the implications of ethical dilemmas in social media and the dangers of those dilemmas for healthcare professionals.

  9. Describe the ethical dilemmas COVID-19 has presented

Course Outline

  1. Ethics Framework

  2. Moral, ethical and legal differences

  3. Steps in ethical decision making

  4. Conflicts of Interest

  5. Boundary Issues

  6. Privacy and Confidentiality

  7. Advocacy

  8. Discrimination and Bias

  9. Cultural Diversity

  10. Ethical Behavior in Social Media

  11. Ethical considerations presented by COVID-19

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