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Relational Ethics Development

September 22 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm EDT


Registration deadline: 9/15/23


Mita M Johnson, EdD, NCC, LPC, LMFT, LAC, ACS, LMFT-S, MAC, SAP, BCTHP, has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for over 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. In addition, she has a thriving private practice where she provides clinical supervision, counseling services to our military, and co-occurring and addiction-specific training and education around the country (ethics, pharmacology, culturally responsive care, clinical supervision, et al.).  She has been an active member of NAADAC for the last 15 years, has served as the Ethics Chair, and began her term as NAADAC’s Immediate Past-President in October 2022.


Professional Wounded Healer:  The Ethical Need to Promote Psychological Wellness within Oneself

The COVID-19 pandemic was a time during which many clinicians worked selflessly to be available to their clients who were struggling during the time of isolation.  What we have since learned is that the practice of self-care – by those of us in the helping professions – is one of the most important ethical activities that we can engage in.  The emotional cost of the work we do is immense; the need for ethical practices that support self-care and self-compassion is equally immense.  This workshop will delve into what ethics and self-care looks like for behavioral healthcare (mental health & substance use disorder) professionals.  This highly interactive and experiential session will look at ethics and moral injury, vicarious trauma, self-compassion, self-forgiveness, and healing as they relate to professionals working in the trenches.


Learning objectives:

The objectives of this workshop:  Participants in this workshop will be able to:

  • Define the ethical concerns associated with vicarious trauma, moral injury, professional burnout, emotional exhaustion
  • Define professional versus personal self-care and its influence on confidentiality
  • Describe the emotional costs of the work we engage in – both overt and covert – and how those costs influence our ethical judgment
  • Explain what we mean by ethics related to self-compassion, self-forgiveness, emotional healing, and emotional capital
  • Explore ways to actively and practically include various biopsychosocial-spiritual-emotional strategies that build macro and micro  professional self-care
  • Discuss how professional and personal self-care is foundational to ethical professional practice

6 Credits: NAADAC CU’s are approved

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