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Issues and Ethics for the Helping Professional

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Ethic CEs

500 Ethics
Gregory Hunter
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



The clinician is constantly being faced with ethical and professional issues that relate to their practice. These issues often require that the helper re-examine how their life experiences and values affect the therapeutic process. Practitioners are continually being challenged by questions regarding confidentiality, cultural sensitivity, competence, boundaries and multiple relationships, and client/counselor rights. These ethical and/or legal issues are tremendously important if you provide individual, group or family counseling, whether you are supervisor, consultant or a counselor doing community work. The program will focus on specific issues related to addiction services and professional development of addiction professionals. This workshop will assist participants in developing the critical skills necessary for ethical decision-making and for understanding various levels of ethical practice. Use of real-life case studies and role-playing will provide the participants with opportunities to practice effective strategies to bring about most positive outcomes for the therapist and the client.  

*This workshop meets the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners' ethics requirements. 


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Greg Hunter, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Addiction Counselor, and Certified Instructional Designer with masters degrees in Community Planning and Applied Psychology from the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore respectively. His professional background includes providing leadership in the human services field as a manager/supervisor for over three decades. He is a professional counselor and trainer with expertise in the addictions field and social work. He has been the full time director of a pre-college program for disadvantaged public high school students since 1987. He is both a college administrator and college professor who specialize in teaching applied human and behavioral sciences courses. He has served as adjunct professor at Sojourner Douglass College, Bowie State University and Baltimore City Community College. He has been a sought after long time trainer for the Maryland State Office of Addiction Services (OETAS), which is a division of the Alcohol and Drug Administration of DHMH.

As professional trainer his clients have included the following agencies or institutions.

Corporation for National and Community Service (VISTA)

Loyola College

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Maryland State Dept. of Human Resources

Office of Education and Training for Addiction Services (OETAS)

Glass Mental Health Services

The Danya Institute

Allegany College

State of Delaware Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

His primary training areas are Ethics for Human Service Professionals, Conflict and Stress Management, Anger Management for Adolescents and Adults, Motivational Interviewing, Group Psychotherapy, Community Planning, Clinical Supervision, Cultural Competence for the Helping Professional, and Clinical education for Addiction Counselors and Social Workers, and Effective Couples Counseling

As a licensed therapist his primary clinical practice work includes anger management training, alcohol and drug education, and brief intensive therapy for individuals, couples and families.  He provides group psychotherapy for clients who are suffering from mental illness and addiction.

Agenda & Learning Objectives

8:50 - 9:00   Registration/Log on 

9:00 – 9:15  Introductions

9:15- 10:15  Case Study – Intergroup Exchange

                        Power Point Presentation A framework for Thinking Ethically

  1. Ethics the Basics
  2. Types of Ethical Theories

10:15- 10:30       BREAK

10:30 – 11:00 Values and the Helping Relationship

Clinician as Person and Professional

  1. Self – Awareness and Therapist Personality
  2. Motivation
  3. Unresolved Conflicts

11:00 – 12:15 – Boundaries, Dual and Multiple Relationships

                          Power Point Presentation Common Pitfalls



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to

  • Describe and understand a minimum of three (3) basic ethical theories.
  • Explain the steps necessary for making ethical decisions.
  • To differentiate between Dual and Multiple Relationships and other Boundary Violations
  • To define and determine the relationship between counselor self-awareness and self-care.

Bibliography & References



Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions

Authors: Gerald Cory; Marianne Cory; Cindy Cory

Cengage Learning, ISBN-13978-1334406291


Ethics for Addiction Professionals

Author: Jennifer D. Berton

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-90719-1

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units for {ethics}. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. 

*Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee