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Ethics for the Addiction Professional

Friday October 15, 2021 

 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EDT

Registration deadline: October 8, 2021

Maximum 50 people


It can be shocking to consider what some professionals and allied service providers consider ethical and appropriate thoughts to have and behaviors to engage in.  Ethics is something we have to breathe in and out every day we are in this profession; ethical breaches begin as a singular event along a slippery slope.  As providers working in the addictions and co-occurring disorders profession, we have a duty and responsibility to adhere to legal and ethical mandates, in order to do no harm while delivering evidence-based, client-centered treatment and recovery support. NAADAC’s Code of Ethics (revised 01.01.21) provides the profession with standards of practice and boundaries of practice.  This 6-hour workshop will begin with a discussion of key points in the NAADAC Code of Ethics.  There will also be discussions, using case studies, on the following topics:

·         telehealth lessons learned during COVID-19

·         privacy versus confidentiality

updates to HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 42

·         practicing in a culturally diverse world

·         alignment of scope of practice

·         difference between scope of practice and standard of practice

·         boundary crossings versus boundary violations

·         impairment versus functionality

·         recommended practices that promote risk management.

The workshop will include time for open dialogue with attendees about real life scenarios and thoughts to consider.


Morning: 9:00 am – 10:30 am EST*

  • Introduction to training
  • Defining key terms and foundational ethical principles
  • Describing professional vs. personal presence
  • Exploring NAADAC Code of Ethics: 2021 

Break 10:30 – 10:45 am EST*

  • Exploring ethical service delivery in a culturally diverse world
  • Understanding privacy vs. confidentiality in multidisciplinary settings
  • Defining HIPAA & 42 CFR Part 42 and discussing recent changes and updates
  • Assessing impairment vs. functionality

Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST

Afternoon:  1:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST*

  • Defining scope of practice vs. standards of practice
  • Sharing telehealth lessons learned during the pandemic
  • Describing confidentiality concerns (HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 42) for telehealth
  • Understanding boundary crossings vs. boundary violations

Break 2:30 – 2:45pm EST*

  • Exploring ethical decision-making models
  • Describing the role of professional development in ethical practice
  • Sharing risk management strategies for clinicians and supervisors

Adjourn: 4:30 pm EST

*Throughout entire presentation:  case studies are used to explore concepts and concerns.

**This is a very interactive presentation – participants can ask questions of presenter throughout the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Participants in this workshop will be able to:

  1. Explain how ethics codes contribute to standards of practice
  2. Explore the differences between boundary crossings and violations
  3. Define the differences between privacy and confidentiality, including updates to HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 42
  4. Describe how to practice ethically in a culturally diverse world
  5. Identify three risk management strategies that promote ethical practice


Dr. Mita M Johnson has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She earned her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision and is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling program at Walden University. She has a thriving private practice where she provides telebehavioral health services, clinical supervision, counseling to our military, and addiction-specific training and education. Her areas of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, culturally responsive care, trauma-sensitive care, and clinical supervision.  In addition to being a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), she has been an active member of NAADAC (the national Association for Addiction Professionals) for the last 15 years, has served as NAADAC’s Ethics Chair, and began her 2-year term as NAADAC’s President in October 2020.

6 Credits: NAADAC CU’s are approved; Social Worker CE’s and Allied MH CE’s pending

October 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm EDT