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MHT 2138 Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions

Ethical codes and responsibilities in the helping professions. Federal Confidentiality Regulations, case law, scope of practice, expectations of funding bodies and managed care. Principles of professional behavior with clients and self-awareness of their personal boundary and value concerns. Importance of cultural diversity.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Mental Health and Addiction Services
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE   Restricted to Majors 


  • Develop self-awareness through examination of biases, values, and beliefs. Identify potential ethical concerns regarding competence and boundary violations, as well as dual and multiple relationships during and after the professional, clinical relationships have ended.
  • Identify components of confidentiality including informed consent, exceptions to confidentiality, "Duty to Warn" and Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Identify components of various ethical codes including locating one's own code of ethics.
  • Develop a personal code of professional behavior including awareness of the ethical codes and scope of competency for chosen profession. Use the model of ethical decision making identified in the course.

Credit Hours: 2

Classroom Hours: 2