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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Philip J. Osteen, MSW, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Dr. Kristen Moran
Item#: C6557
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)

Ethics in Mental Health Treatment, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # C6557
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 16, 2019

Expiration Date: January 16, 2022

Given the complexities of the human condition, it is not surprising that situations arise in providing mental health services that require the professional to make decisions based on competing ideals and principles. When a decision involves compromising one or more ethical standards, practitioners are faced with an ethical dilemma. This basic-level course describes the ethical provision of mental health services across a variety of practice settings such as outpatient community mental health clinics, private practice settings, and inpatient psychiatric care. The course describes common ethical concerns and uses the most recent NASW, APA, NBCC, and ACA ethics codes for guidance.


3 NBCC hours will be awarded upon completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the core ethical principles of professional mental health practice.
  • Identify effective strategies for ethical decision making.
  • Explain standards for professional conduct.
  • Differentiate between ethical and unethical behavior.
  • Describe ethical issues related to mental health treatment and service delivery.

Philip J. Osteen, MSW, PhD, is an associate professor at the Florida State University College of Social Work, where he teaches master’s- and doctoral-level courses. He has more than 20 years of experience in community mental health and public health, as well as teaching experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work. He received his graduate-level education at the University of Denver, earning an MSW in 1998 and dual doctoral degrees in social work and quantitative research methods in 2009. Dr. Osteen received the Dean’s Teaching Award from the University of Maryland School of Social Work for five consecutive years and was recognized by the Spina Bifida Association, which granted him an award for best original new research. He was also the recipient of the Council on Social Work Education 2012 best empirical article for his work on personal and professional values. Dr. Osteen has been the principal investigator for research projects examining multicultural social work education and suicide prevention training. His extensive research activity and publications have focused on the intersection of social work and healthcare, suicide risk, and research methodologies.

Philip J. Osteen has disclosed that he has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Dr. Kristen Moran, earned her PhD in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. She has multiple years of experience working in the mental health field in both schools and clinical settings. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and a licensed School Counselor in Virginia. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Campbell University, where she teaches the Professional Orientation and Ethics course.

Nancy L. Sidell, PhD, is a professor and program director of the social work program at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. She is also an adjunct instructor in the MSW program at Temple University’s Mansfield Program in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Sidell received her MSW in 1990 from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and her doctorate in social work in 1998 from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. She is an item development consultant for the Association of Social Work Boards, where she helps develop practice content on licensing examinations, including ethical issues. The author of books on social work documentation and professional communication skills, Dr. Sidell has had numerous articles on social work education and practice published in peer-reviewed journals. She has written on a broad range of topics – including rural social work, gerontology, and teaching methodology – and has taught ethical issues in social work practice to students and practitioners.
Nancy L. Sidell has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.