The Ethics of Professional Practice

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe the unique ethical responsibilities and roles of the professional helper within a helping relationship.
  2. Discuss what is meant by the concept of cultural sensitivity.
  3. Explain what is meant by “duty to care” and what defines that obligation.
  4. Describe one model for identifying and resolving conflict between ethics and legality.
  5. Define informed consent as applied to a helping relationship.
  6. Identify the essential elements required to ensure informed consent.
  7. Describe what is meant by the concept of professional boundaries.
  8. Explain why sexual intimacy with a client is clearly a boundary violation.
  9. Discuss the role of continuing education, ongoing supervision, and consultation in the ongoing development of professional competence.
  10. Define the terms formative and summative evaluation.

Course Contents

  1. An Introduction to the Formal Process of Helping
  2. Helper Variables: What the Helper Brings to the Relationship
  3. Ethical Standards: Guidelines For Helping Others
  4. Ethics and the Law
  5. Ethical Conflicts: The System and the Interests of Others
  6. Informed Consent
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Boundaries and the Ethical Use of Power
  9. Efficacy of Treatment
  10. Evaluation and Accountability