Domain Five – Professional Responsibility

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify guidelines for the process of ethical decision-making.
  2. Acquire an understanding of the importance of ethics in SUD counseling.
  3. Become familiar with the NAADAC Code of Ethics.
  4. Acquire an understanding of ethics as related, but not limited to, such issues as:
  • Patient rights
  • Confidentiality
  • Privilege
  • Exceptions to confidentiality
  • Patient consent
  • Internal communications
  • Medical emergencies
  • Court orders Duty to warn
  • Danger to self and others
  • Crimes at the program center or against program staff
  • Public presentation of client information
  • Third party payors
  • Research and audits
  • Termination of counseling relationships
  • Dual relationships
  • Professional competence and responsibilities
  • Personal problems and professional effectiveness (e.g. relapse etc)
  • Use of self help groups
  • Counselor who is in recovery

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Adhere to federal, state, and agency regulations regarding alcohol and other drug abuse treatment by following appropriate procedures to protect client rights.
  2. To understand the regulations of New Jersey’s rules (N.J.S.A. 45:2D-1 et seq.), also referred to as the “Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensing and Certification Act” and the regulations (N.J.A.C. 13:34C-1 et seq.) intended to codify the provisions of the statute.
  3. Be familiar with the Federal Confidentiality Regulations, 42CFR – part 2. Be familiar with HIPPA regulations as pertaining to SUD records.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Recognize the importance of individual differences by gaining knowledge about personality, cultures, lifestyles, and other factors influencing client behavior in order to provide services that are sensitive to the uniqueness of the individual.
  2. Examine their own attitudes and behaviors relative to the special populations and cultural groups with whom the may become professionally involved.
  3. Identify and utilize techniques pertinent to various cultural groups and populations.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify and integrate information from current evidence based literature to foster professional development.
  2. Identify and utilize self assessment instruments to gain greater understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Identify their degree of competence relative to the 12 Core Functions of the ICRC.
  4. Increase their understanding of the importance of professional and continuing education and develop their own professional improvement plan.
  5. Utilize clinical supervision as a way of identifying professional growth needs.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify the following self care activities which can foster personal growth:
  • Accessing and managing emotions
  • Exploring one’s belief systems
  • Identifying and utilizing support systems
  • Recognizing and addressing transference & counter transference issues

2.  Develop and utilize strategies to maintain personal, physical, spiritual and mental health in order to ensure professional effectiveness

3.  Increase their understanding of the importance of personal growth and develop their own personal growth plan.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Be able to develop an operational understanding of Wellness and Recovery.
  2. Increase their understanding of the importance of Wellness and Recovery by developing an individualized Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  3. Develop an on-going self monitoring plan in order to periodically enhance their personal plan.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe supervision as described in NJ LCADC/CADC regulations
  2. Understand the benefits of supervision, including the Blended Model.
  3. Distinguish among supervision, consultation, and personal therapy.
  4. Understand the role of clinical supervision in helping the counselor identify critical issues and appropriate responses in the counseling relationship.
  5. Know the necessary components to be incorporated when presenting a case in supervision.
  6. Develop and utilize a range of options to explore and discuss personal feelings and concerns about clients.
  7. Know when to contact their supervisor regarding potential legal and ethical situations.
  8. Be familiar with State regulations regarding requirements for giving & receiving clinical supervision as an intern, as a CADC, or if one is working in a licensed facility.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Understand the importance of professional networking.
  2. Begin to develop skills in how to establish and maintain a professional network.
  3. Learn the importance of advocating for one’s clients as well as issues in the field.
  4. Learn best practices to contribute to de-stigmatizing SUD related issues.
  5. Understand important cultural issues in the community and be able to incorporate relevant community information into their work.

At the end of this course, the student will:

  1. Define Consultation as per the IC&RC Core Function.
  2. Explain the benefits of consultation.
  3. Identify the tasks involved when seeking consultation.
  4. Utilize peers, clinical supervisors, and a multi-disciplinary team to enhance the quality of care.

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