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Digital Seminar

Ethical Competence for Clinicians: Best Practices and Guiding Principles for Effective Treatment

Sharon Lawrence, LCSW-C, ACSW, CFSW, CAMS-II, BC-TMH
Approx. 6 Hours
Sep 18, 2023
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Mental health professionals are responsible for managing heavy caseloads, maintaining clinical documentation, and so much more all while trying to consistently address conflict, adhere to administrative demands, and provide adequate supervision in support of the agency goals and mission.

With the juggling of these professional commitments, there are personal areas that run the risks of being ignored including areas involving self-care. Clinicians are skilled at assisting others to achieve better outcomes in their lives but may not prioritize this as an area for their own.

It is imperative that clinicians identify these areas on a consistent basis and keep them in view to ensure reduced risk of violating them.

But with the amount of responsibility, the risks can surface unknowingly if attention and guidance is not present.

So watch Sharon J. Lawrence, LCSW-C, LCSW, ACSW, EAS-C, BC-TMH, who with 20 years’ experience as a clinician, will provide a clear and strength-based foundation for ethical standards regarding competence. During this training, you will also gain an understanding of ethics in the following areas:

  • Understanding and defining the code of ethics with ease
  • Addressing ethical dilemmas in clinical and non-clinical settings
  • Developing policies and procedures that adhere to the code of conduct.
  • Education on emotional intelligence
  • How to ethically cultivate and maintain responsibility for self
  • Receiving effective supervision
  • Liability, treatment decisions, and private actions
  • Boundary issues as a clinician

Leave this training with increased confidence and reassurance on how to manage oneself in the workplace and in the community!

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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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Sharon J. Lawrence, LCSW-C, ACSW, CFSW, CAMS-II, BC-TMH, is a licensed clinical social worker in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Florida. She currently specializes in providing therapy to therapists, professionals and couples. Mrs. Lawrence is also a Certified Anger Management Specialist – Level II, a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider, and Certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator Trainer. Mrs. Lawrence is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and Prince George’s Community College in Maryland where she teaches ethics, sociology, and race, class and gender. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is a Board Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor with the State of Maryland.

With 20 years of experience in the field of social work and human services, Mrs. Lawrence has an extensive knowledge of the child welfare, court system and mental health areas. She has developed trainings and curriculum that has been presented nationally. Mrs. Lawrence provides clinical consultation and hosts a quarterly networking event for clinicians within the DC metropolitan area.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Sharon Lawrence is the owner of SJL Professional Services, Inc. She has employment relationships with Bowie State University, Prince George's Community College, and Selah Wellness & Therapeutic Services, LLC. Sharon Lawrence receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sharon Lawrence is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


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  1. Demonstrate how the NASW, ACA, and APA Code of Ethics apply to competency and liability.
  2. Understand ethical dilemmas clinicians and professionals face in working with clients in clinical and non-clinical settings.
  3. Explain state laws and regulations that govern standards related to clinician’s competency.
  4. Apply the code of ethics and state statutes to current practice policies and how to manage self.
  5. Summarize the Theory of Levels of Stigma, Epistemology; and the Orem self-care theory.
  6. Understand the difference between ethics and morals; and how they both require comprehension in the field.


Ethical Competence Made Easy

  • Key ethics terminology
  • Understanding the codes of ethics
  • Ethical responsibilities as professionals
  • Competence, private conduct, and deception
  • Moral principles

Ethics Related to Maintaining Self-Care

  • Action and self-preservation about health and career
  • Mental, emotional, and physical health
  • The impact on self and ability to function as a clinician/ self-neglect
  • Questionable decision making
  • Improve critical thinking
  • Implementation of emotional intelligence

Addressing Trauma and Unethical Implications

  • Non-exemption
  • Burn out and vicarious trauma
  • Substance abuse and other influences
  • Understanding and exploring historical factors

Liability, Treatment Decisions, and Private Actions

  • Essentials of ethics and morals
  • Complexities for ethics and morals
  • Adherence to ethics
  • Avoiding pitfalls and risks
  • Choice vs. Impairment
  • Integrity of the profession

Boundary Issues as a Clinician

  • Dual relationships
  • Professional roles
  • Social media
  • Technology (text and talk)
  • Case study: How to ethically cultivate and maintain responsibility for self

Importance of Receiving Effective Supervision

  • Supervision is necessary/ teachable aspects
  • Character maintenance
  • Prevention of risks
  • Addressing unethical actions
  • Implications and restoration
  • Comprehending complex cases
  • Understanding the importance of rapport
  • Reducing risks and removing assumptions
  • Initiating and maintaining boundaries

Therapy, Support & Prevention

  • Development of self-care routine
  • Supervision is NOT therapy
  • Removing stigma associated with seeking support
  • Don’t wait until it is too late

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Behavioral Health Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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