Ethics in the Professional Practice

(3 Credit Hours – Cost: $1,350)



Prerequisites: Minimum 12 credit hours of graduate level courses in addictions studies, psychology, behavioural health, or social work.

Course Description:

This graduate level course addresses the many facets of ethical issues in professional practice. It addresses current ethical issues in providing counselling, psychotherapy, social work, and recovery-oriented services, including:

  • Values and the Therapeutic relationship
  • Client Rights and Professional Clinical Responsibilities
  • Confidentiality and Legal Issues
  • Managing Boundaries and Multiple Relationships
  • Professional Competence and Training
  • Issues in Supervision and Consultation
  • Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity
  • The Clinical Professional as a Person
  • Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Therapy
  • Ethical Issues in Group Work
  • Ethical Issues in Community Work
  • Ethical Issues and Ethical Codes in Multiple Disciplines and Professions, including:
    1. Psychology
    2. Counselling
    3. Marriage and Family Therapy
    4. Social Work
    5. Addictions
    6. Human Services

Course Outcomes:

After completing this course, candidates are expected to be able to:

  • Cite specifics of various ethical codes
  • Identify various personal and professional conflicts inherent in clinical services and identify principles for resolving these conflicts
  • Outline steps in ethical decision making
  • Address recent trends in such areas as: spirituality in clinical relationships and end-oflife issues in clinical practice.
  • Examine and critique clinical services via online, remote, and website based service delivery
  • Identify ethical issues related to treating minors
  • Analyse implications of HIPPA compliance for Mental Health practitioners
  • Analyse discussion of confidentiality and HIV/AIDS related issues
  • Cite both general and discipline specific principles concerning professional and clinical boundaries such as receiving gifts, and practice within small communities
  • Identify principles of informed consent in clinical supervision
  • Analyse professional competence and training and their relevance to ethical practice


Required Text*:
Corey, G., Schneider Corey, M., and Callahan, P. Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, 8th Edition. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning; Pacific Grove, CA. 2011

*Candidates are responsible to buy the required textbook for this course. You can find this book in major online bookstores such as, etc.

Supplementary Resources: These resources are not required, but may provide assistance in completing your assignments for this course

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (2001)
  • National Association of Social Workers (2008)
  • National Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC) (2008)
  • National Organization for Human Services (2000)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (2000)
  • Canadian Counselling Association (2007)
  • American School Counselor Association (2004)
  • American Counseling Association (2005)
  • American Psychological Association (2002)