Legal and Ethical Issues in Supervision

Recorded on Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 12:00-1:00pm ET (11CT/10MT/9PT)

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The fields of addiction and mental health counseling continue to evolve and with resulting changes counselors are faced with increased legal scrutiny. Counseling professionals are also working in an increasingly litigious environment, thus are continually being held legally accountable for their work. Clinical supervisors are obligated to maintain a thorough grasp of ethical decision-making. The purpose of this presentation is to provide guidance to clinical supervisors on how they can ensure that their supervisees obtain a complete and integrated understanding of legal and ethical issues that pertain to their role as counselors.

Learning Objectives
  • Define ethical issues in supervision including dual relationships and confidentiality.
  • Define legal considerations in clinical supervision including vicarious liability and duty to warn.
  • Explore the supervisor’s role in modeling ethical behavior.
  • Analyze ethical obligations and ethical decision-making of the supervisor.
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Thomas Durham, PhD, has been in involved in the field of addiction treatment since 1974 as a counselor, clinical supervisor, program director, and educator. Durham is semi-retired and currently provides clinical support and training to Phoenix House of New England. Until the end of 2018, he served as NAADAC’s Director of Training. Durham also worked in government contracting under SAMHSA (while at JBS International) and the Department of Defense (while at Danya International). He also served as the Executive Director of The Danya Institute and Project Director of the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. From 2004-2017, Durham taught graduate courses in psychology as an adjunct professor at Northcentral University.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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