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Home Study: AMHCA 2021 Conference (Ethics Bundle - 4 Sessions, 8.75 CEs) 

09-02-2021 16:59

**Previously Recorded from 6/14/2021 to 6/25/2021 - Not a Live Event**

We are truly living out our conference theme by:

Recognizing the current situation,
Reframing our way of thinking about our conference, and
Restoring the quality and engagement that is unique and important to AMHCA conferences.  

Unite with us as we adapt and push forward with new innovations and perspectives!


This is a bundle of our Diversity Sessions - please note that some sessions may appear in multiple bundles.

Classes included:

 Trauma Track | Ethics Track
Creating Ethical Self-Care While Providing Client Care in a Crisis
Presented by Rebecca K. Rucker, M.A., LPC-S, LMFT
Pandemics, natural disasters, and the economic fallout to these crises are now a part of our "new normal." As a mental health counselor, when the next crisis strikes, will you be ready? You can be by taking three key steps: 1) making preparation for the next crisis 2) innovating as you move through the crisis and 3) reflecting on what you are learning amid the experience in each crisis event. The presenter provides the resources for counselors to build a toolkit for ethical self-care, care for colleagues, and care for clients when all of us are facing the crisis together. The presenter reflects on ways counselors cared for themselves and their clients in normal times (the pre-pandemic past) and discusses ways to shift our thinking and our actions in the "new normal." This presentation highlights that the changing nature and frequency of crises require different skills to address these new challenges. Included in the workshop are a self-assessment, pre-crisis practice assessment, skills, and tools to address the crisis, and a guide for effective use of technology during the crisis. This ethics presentation draws upon the American Mental Health Counselors Association Code of Ethics (Revised 2015, 2020). The presenter specifically addresses the areas of the counselor-client relationship, counselor responsibility and integrity, commitment to other professionals, and the use of technology-supported counseling and communications before and during a crisis. The presenter also highlights how the philosophical codes underlying our code of ethics can guide the right action during times of crisis.

Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Laurie Cooper, PsyD, CEDS-S
All mental health conditions should be approached with the utmost care in considering the basic ethical practices common to each clinical discipline, confidentiality and informed consent, operating within one's scope of competency and ensuring practices that do not cause harm to our clients. However, the numerous ethical issues facing eating disorders practitioners may differ significantly from those ethical conundrums that arise when working with a general client base.

  • What are the unique issues that contribute to such complexity in working with patients affected by an eating disorder
  • How do we ensure competency in the face of such complexity in the treatment of eating disorders field and to be operating within our scope of expertise?
  • Can we provide efficacious care and include the client's own preferences, when the illness appears to have significantly disrupted the patient's judgment and value system?
  • How might the lack of professionals with eating disorder expertise impact our own treatment of patients with an eating disorder?

This presentation will cover these issues and more, using a framework of Principlism to conceptualize case examples and illustrate common areas of ethical difficulties specific to treatment of individuals with eating disorders.

Technology Assisted Treatment Track | Ethics Track
Technological Therapy in Tough Times
Presented by Susan Meyerle, LIMHP, CEAP, CFLE
Telemental health services exploded in 2020 catching many mental health counselors ill-prepared to transition from in-office sessions quickly and effectively. In an environment where health insurers expanded reimbursement of counseling services provided electronically, mental health counselors needed to learn how to provide these services promptly and ethically. Executive orders, as compiled by The Council of State Governments (“COVID-19 Resources for State Leaders, 2020), paved the way for telemental health services across state lines in many areas of the country hardest hit early in the pandemic. Not only did mental health counselors need to learn the nuances of providing electronic services, they also needed to stay on top of the current policies governing their practice. A summary of state statutes and regulations will also be reviewed. Some states have written clear regulations specifically addressing telemental health services while others have not. This presentation will look at the implications of the state regulations. Add in the complexity of how mental health counselors themselves were affected, and we end up with many challenges. The question many are now asking: What does the future hold for telemental health services? This presentation will review the challenges and opportunities facing the provision of telemental health services.

 Ethics Track | Diversity Track
Vulnerability in Supervisory Relationships: An Ethical Imperative
Presented by Matthew R. Shupp, Ed.D., NCC, BC-TMH, ACS, LPC
Staff retention is becoming increasingly important in a field where expectations and responsibilities are becoming increasingly more demanding. Counseling literature and research consistently identify supervision as one factor in the retention and satisfaction of staff, both positively and negatively. Despite the extensive research on best practices in supervision, especially for new professionals, very few theoretical models of supervision exist within the field and even fewer models specifically consider multicultural competence as a foundation for effective supervision. A new and intentional approach to supervision that models the values of inclusion is critical for the retention of professionals at all levels, is critical to the continued development of staff beyo n d professional preparation programs, and is critical for creating a profession that espouses a philosophy of inclusion. This session will introduce the inclusive supervision model, an innovative approach to supervision that seeks to align our professional values of multicultural competence with our professional practice. It reflects the important values of our profession and provides a framework through which professionals can evaluate supervision practice and consider specific actions to enhance one's own capacity for enacting the four tenets of inclusive supervision which are: creating safe spaces, demonstrating vulnerability, cultivating holistic development, and building capacity in others. The inclusive supervision model is a result of almost 5 years of research examining multicultural competence in the context of supervision.



AMHCA will provide 8.75 CEs total to all registrants who view all 4 webinars, complete the evaluation form and complete all 4 of the accompanying quizzes with a passing grade (80% or higher). Each webinar is 1.25 - 4.0 CEs, and credit certificates will be awarded for each individual session. American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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