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Ethics for the Addiction Professional

January 23 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm EST


Registration deadline: 1/13/23


Dana Poverman, LCMHC, LADC: Ms. Poverman has worked in the fields of
mental health and substance use disorders for over 30 years. She has
provided treatment to clients; created and directed clinical programs,
including treatment courts, student assistance services and co-occurring
treatment; and provided clinical supervision and training throughout her
career. Her experience with MAT began in 2002 with the opening of the
Chittenden Clinic, a program of Howard Center, Vermont’s first OTP. Prior to
Vermont’s implementation of the hub and spoke system, she managed the
ADAP-funded state-wide grant for the COBMAT project (Coordination of
Office-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment) beginning in 2005. She worked
with providers in Chittenden and Franklin Counties to expand OBOT services.
Dana was the director of the Chittenden Clinic until July 2021. She currently
provides training and LADC supervision for clinicians at Howard Center and
Central Vermont Addiction Medicine. She serves as an Advisor to the Office
of Professional Regulation for Alcohol and Drug Counselors. Her clinical
interest lies in the intersectionality of trauma, social injustice, and substance
use disorders and other addictive behaviors.


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
 What are Ethics and Guiding Principle
 Exploring NAADAC Code of Ethics: 2021
Break 10:30 – 10:45 am EST*
 Informed Consent
 Beginning the relationship
 Confidentiality
o Telehealth
 Boundaries
 Competence
 Professional Responsibility
 Counter-transference
Lunch: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST
Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST*
 Common pitfalls in clinical work
 Risk Management principles
 Case examples and discussion
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
**This is a very interactive presentation – participants can ask questions of
presenter throughout the workshop.

Learning objectives:

  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

6 Credits: NAADAC CU’s are approved

Social Worker CE’s, Allied MH CE’s and Psychologists CE’s pending