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Ethics CEUs for Counselors


Welcome to CEU By Net's Ethics Overview Page! We Offer Unique Counselor Ethics CEUs for Texas, Florida, California, and Most States. Our Online Ethics Courses Are for Addiction and Mental Health Counselors - Approved by NBCC, Florida CEBroker, EACC, NAADAC, IC&RC, CA-BBS, CCAPP, TCBAP-TAAP,  FCB, and Most State Boards.


Unlimited CEUs for Only $54.95 per Year

Multiple License Approvals


CEU By Net's Ethics Courses Are UniqueOur Counselor Ethics Courses are online and inexpensive, and they focus upon some of the most clinically challenging work which counselors do in the Mental Health and Addiction fields.  These courses take you beyond the prohibition of dual relationships and advertising content. 

Our courses address Ethics in Adolescent Assessment, End of Life Care Decisions, Communicating Client Information to insurance carriers, and working with Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders in schools, on the street, in court, in prisons and on death row.  

You can read a basic description of each Ethics Course below, or go directly to the Ethics Catalog to enroll in a course.  


More information about the Ethics Courses

Go directly to the Ethics Course Catalog 

For information about Unlimited CEUs for $54.95 per year, click here. 





To Go Directly To The List of Ethics Courses in the Catalog, Click Here. 

Ethics Approved for Florida and California


Our 2-, 3-, and 4-credit hour Ethics Courses are unique and non-traditional, and the topics they cover are distinctive.  All meet the criteria for 'Ethics and Boundaries' and 'Laws and Ethics' in Florida and California, respectively - and in most other states for Counselor Ethics.  



Ethics 3D and Ethics 4D

Can the requirements of Managed Behavioral Health Care (aka, Health Care Reform) and our 'Professional Ethics' co-exist with a mental health or addiction treatment program or practice? This is an issue for Providers who work in a situation which includes Care Management Review of the treatment services you provide.  It's a challenge. 

The issue of 'WHO' gets 'WHAT' behavioral health treatment, and 'FOR HOW LONG,'  is now more closely monitored than ever before by the Contractor's or Insurance Plan's Care Management department.  What are they looking for?  They are looking for written DOCUMENTATION of the 'MEDICAL NECESSITY' of the treatment which you are providing or proposing to provide.  The detailed documentation of Medical Necessity within the client's record falls to the Provider - and therein lies the ETHICAL CHALLENGE. 

This course is a close-up view of that sticky issue ... what to write (and not write) in a client's treatment record, from an ETHICS perspective, in this new era of tightly controlled health care costs. How much do you divulge about your ASSESSMENT of the client's DIAGNOSIS(ES), his prognosis, his functional status, and his response to treatment?  What's ETHICAL when the payor is demanding details?  What's NECESSARY?   

Providing treatment in a Managed Care System inherently changes how we document the client's diagnosis(es), his functionality, the degree of progress,  and the potential for relapse or recovery (prognosis).  These parameters must be described in sufficient detail to correlate with the established 'Medical Necessity' criteria for the type of treatment you are requesting. Can we disclose, in this level of detail, the personal details of a client's mental illness or substance use disorder, without violating the Ethics of Confidentiality? 

It's important to know that the Contractor or Health Plan is also assessing the Provider's competence, from an 'Outcomes' perspective.  If we are treating a population which has a high potential for periodic regression, this presents a bit of a bind: How do you demonstrate the effectiveness of the treatment which the payor is paying you to provide, and at the same time justify the need for additional treatment based upon the client's recent relapse?  What are the implications for patients who tend to regress periodically? 

Would it help if we have a FRAMEWORK which structures the documentation of these issues so that we can maximize the chances of a successful Care Management review? Are there CORE ELEMENTS that determine Level of Care?  Yes to both.  And what are the baseline criteria for the various Levels of Care - what are they looking for that defines 'Medical Necessity' for that particular level of care?   

We currently offer two Ethics Courses (Ethics 3D and Ethics 4D) which answer those questions.  You can take Ethics Course 3D (3 credit hours, or 2 for NBCC) or Ethics Course 4D (4 credit hours, or 3 for NBCC), but do not take both. Ethics 4D is an expansion of Ethics 3D.


Ethics Course 2D

GUIDE TO THE ETHICS OF END OF LIFE CARE PLANNING.   Research tells us that meaningful dialog with patients about End of Life Care options is woefully lacking.  Furthermore, accurate written communication of the patient's desires to his or her attending physician is almost non-existent.  Based upon research findings, this course addresses the ethical approach to the discussion of End of Life Care in multiple circumstances.

Leaving room for individuality, this study gives the clinician a mental framework within which to begin the discussion, depending on the illness or circumstance which is prompting the discussion. These illnesses or circumstances may include HIV-AIDS patients, critically ill children, stroke victims, burn victims, cancer patients and other critically ill adults, nursing home residents, and those employed in dangerous occupations including the military.  

These end of life decisions extend far beyond 'cremation' vs. 'burial'.  Discussions about End of Life Care pertain to how the patient wants his last months, weeks, and days to be handled from a medical perspective - e.g., maximizing pain relief and physical comfort, but allowing the inevitable end of life to come as quickly as possible, vs. making every conceivable effort to delay death and prolong life until a specified level of dysfunction is reached.  

These are difficult discussions to have with patients and families, and they present a challenge to our professional ethics unless we have a framework within which to navigate. 


Ethics Course 4B 

Our Professional Responsibility to Clients with Mental Illness and Co-Occurring DisordersNEW IN ETHICS!  With new Ethics Course 4B, we have added 4.25 Ethics Clock Hours (3.0 for NBCC) for both mental health and addiction professionals.  Explore NAMI's new platform for ethically working with families and individuals with Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring SUDs in specific situations - in schools, the community, court, prison, and death row.  The approaches and professional perspectives expressed here are quite possibly different than what you are expecting!


Course 3C

ASSESSMENT:  IT'S A HIGH-RISK CLINICAL ACTIVITY!  Take a look at the expansion of our popular Child and Adolescent Biopsychosocial Assessment course (including Risk Assessment), which may now be taken as an Ethics course or as an Assessment and Diagnosis course.  

This clinical training document addresses very specific ethical, legal, and professional errors which are oftentimes committed by seasoned mental health and addiction professionals  - no matter how long they have been in this business.  Understand the professional repercussions which can arise when assessing children and adolescents 'on the fly', for either single or dual diagnosis issues, in both routine and emergency situations - and how to avoid them.  

There Are Two New Ethics Courses for Florida LMHC, LCSW, LMFT, and CAP - Courses 4B  and Florida Ethics 3C.


Courses in two formats - slideshow and text.


These Ethics Issues are HOT!Go here to view a DEMO of our two Ethics Courses that are in a slideshow format. 

Is Health Care Reform Making You Nervous from an Ethics Perspective? Do you wonder if you can work in a behavioral health system that's driven by 'Managed Care' and 'Health Care Reform' and 'Medical Necessity for Treatment' Criteria, and playing 'Mother May I' to get treatment approval for your clients - and still hold on to your PROFESSIONAL ETHICS?  Find out here!       





To check for YOUR STATE and YOUR LICENSE on our Approved States MAP, Click This Link. And please note that we may not have full information for your state. Many states accept our CE courses and CEU credits based upon our NBCC, EACC, NAADAC approvals and our certification by multiple other state licensing boards. 


GOALS OF THE ETHICS COURSES - please go to the Ethics Catalog to view the goals of each of our individual ethics courses! 



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