Doing the Right Thing: Essential Ethics in Practice, Revised 1st Ed. - B4286


About Course #B4286

Release Date: January 31, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2022

Social workers and mental health professionals need to be aware of ethical issues and dilemmas in their practice and follow a well-reasoned process that results in informed and insightful ethical resolutions to contemporary dilemmas. Practitioners must grapple with issues related to client autonomy, confidentiality, informed consent, and scarce resources. Careful ethical deliberation and professional competence in initiating discussions with clients about these issues are essential and required skills of helping professionals. This basic-level course is designed to address the ethical challenges encountered by the beginning practitioner as well as by professionals with advanced skills. The overarching theme of this course is that good professional practice requires an awareness of ethical issues that may arise in practice, and demands a reasoned approach toward ethical analysis, decision making, and action.

This course focuses on professional values and identity and the responsibilities of social workers and other professionals in providing ethically sound care to clients. The course provides information about a practitioner's identification and resolutions of ethical dilemmas, including ethical decision making models, the influence of competing professional values on the decision making process, and required professional competencies. The codes of ethics and professional standards from the professions of social work (NASW, 2017), psychology (APA, 2017), and counseling (ACA, 2014 and AMHCA, 2015) are presented.

Social Workers will receive 3 (Ethics) continuing education clock hours upon successfully completing this course. Accreditations

New Jersey Social Workers - This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1614 from 12/05/2017 to 12/05/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Ethics 3

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • Describe the significance of identifying and analyzing ethical dilemmas.
  • Identify the influences of professional values and identity on ethical practice.
  • Describe the historical evolution of social work ethics and the code of ethics.
  • Apply ethical decision-making models to guide resolution of ethical dilemmas.
  • Recognize ethical and legal issues in the therapeutic relationship that give rise to ethical dilemmas.
  • Identify ethical responsibilities in service delivery necessary to ensure sound ethical practice.


Kathleen Boland, ACSW, LCSW, PhD

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
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