Ethics in Addictions Counseling
This course is designed for the student seeking
information regarding ethical and legal issues in the field of
substance abuse counseling. Topics will include the counselor as a
professional, values and helping relationship, client rights and
counselor responsibilities, ethics and cultural sensitivity, plus
professional competency training. This course will examine in detail
the Ethical Standards for Chemical Dependency Counselors. 2nd
ed. Richardson & McEnroe.
- Be able to distinguish between “law” and
- Demonstrate “critical thinking skills”.
- Understand problem solving skills as it applies
to ethical dilemmas.
- Understand and explain personal ethical
- Knowledge of the Code of Ethics for Substance
- Conduct an on-going self-evaluation of
professional performance applying legal, ethical and professional
- Understand ethical implications of a
Students will acquire the following
- Ability to compare and contrast federal, state, agency, and
professional codes of ethics.
- Participant’s rights and responsibilities.
Professional standards and scope of practice.
Understand boundaries between counselors and clients.
Understand consequences for violating code of ethics.
Process used to address alleged ethical violations.
Personality, culture, lifestyle and other factors influencing
- Demonstrating ethical and professional behavior.
- Willingness to change personal behaviors and attitude that
may conflict with professional guidelines.
- Respect for professional standards.
- Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions
6th ed, 2003
Corey, G., Marianna Schneider-Corey, M. and Callanan,
P. Publisher: Brooks/Cole
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Welfare Reform and Substance Abuse Treatment
Technical Assistance Publication Series (TAP):
- Confidentiality of Patient Records for Alcohol and
Other Drug Treatment (TAP 13)
- General Guidance for Reconciling Need to Know and
Privacy (TAP 24)
All texts can be obtained from the
University of Idaho Bookstore. They may be contacted:
TAPs can be downloaded from RADAR at:
- Click on materials (on left side)
- Scroll to By Series category
- Look for TAP series
- Select TAP 13 and 24
For problems, contact 1-800-93-RADAR or (208)
All assignments will be submitted via e-mail as a Microsoft Word
There will be three exams to develop your knowledge of the
material. Each exam will be open book and open note. You can use any
information you wish to help you. Each exam will mostly be comprised
of multiple choice questions, however there may be true and false,
and fill in the blank. The content of the exams will be derived from
lectures and information from the texts.
There will be one quiz on Confidentiality from TAP 24.
There will be two ethical dilemmas for each of the twelve ethical
principles. You will select one of the dilemmas provided, for each
principle, to write about. Each will have a specific time
requirement of when it will need to be turned in. The dilemma’s can
be found under the “to do list” section for each chapter. You will
be graded on critical thinking skills and your ability to articulate
Course Requirements and Possible Points:
- Exams -3 @ 100 pts each = 300
- Quiz @ 70 pts = 70
- Ethical Dilemmas -12 @ 10 pts each = 120
All grading will be based on the
> 90% = A =
80% = B
70% = C
60% = D
< 60% = F