Course Overview

This course was created and provided by the Virtual Center of Excellence (VCE), a former project of the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN). Content and format will be updated in the near future to address current accessibility standards. If you are unable to access the content in this section, please contact the imp support team for assistance.

This course covers basic ethics concepts, the purpose of a Code of Ethics, and a review of codes from various professions. It also covers the importance of confidentiality in family therapy and building professional boundaries in family therapy. This would be appropriate for NBCC, CMHP, QMHP.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (2.5), MCBAP-S (0.0), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)

Topics Covered

Ethics in Behavioral Health Practice. 

The course has been developed to provide the participants with a working understanding of ethics in behavioral health practices. This course is designed to include examples of proper and improper uses of ethics and common pitfalls a direct care worker may face. 

Code of Ethics and Confidentiality. 

Participants of this course will be provided with information regarding confidentiality in behavioral health practice. This course will also discuss that different professions may have different codes of ethics. 

Dual Relationships, Transference and Countertransference. 

This course will provide definitions and examples of building dual relationships, experiencing transference and countertransference. 


Additional Considerations

Just because ethical issues may not reach legal claim does not mean that is where one should draw the line for ethical behavior. To do no harm, of any sort, is the goal as a therapist.

Course Objectives

  • Understand basic ethics concepts
  • Learn and understand the purpose of the code of ethics Review the code of ethics from different professions and positions.
  • Understand the role of confidentiality in family therapy Learn and practice professional boundaries.
  • Define Dual Relationships. 
  • Define Transference and Countertransference.

What People Are Saying

It was easy to use. I liked the fact that I could listen to the narrator instead of reading all the information myself.

- Mike S.