Continuing Education & Resources for Mental Health Professionals

Ethics Courses for Mental Health Professionals

We provide continuing education (CE) courses at an “intermediate” level, appropriate for mental health service providers of all professions and at all levels of experience, including clinical students, as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.

Our nationally accredited courses are developed by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director of the Center for Ethical Practices, sometimes with co-authorship, where noted. Each course relevant for mental health care providers of all professions, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

“Informative and helpful.”Clinical Social Worker

“Excellent Course.  Should be required of all therapists.”  – Clinical Psychologist

“Great information!” – Licensed Professional Counselor

The Center for Ethical Practice is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Center for Ethical Practice is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to offer continuing education for social workers, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (ACE provider #1287). The Center maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.
 acep-300dpi The Center for Ethical Practice has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP No. 6768).  The Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

Current course offerings:

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Center for Ethical Practice Online Course Fees – $25 per Credit Hour

NOTE: These online courses are offered at an “intermediate” level, appropriate for mental health service providers of all professions and at all levels of experience, including clinical students as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced clinicians.  All sales are final.  Online courses requirements include successfully completing the test (and course evaluation form). For participants scoring at least 80% on the test, a CE Certificate can be immediately printed online. If you have questions or if you need disability accommodations, please contact the Center office by phone at 434-971-1841 or by email at  Grievance procedures for online courses are the same as the workshop grievance procedures.  See our home page and above for list of sponsor approvals for CE credits for our online courses; those outside Virginia should confirm that our CE credits will be eligible for license renewal in their own jurisdictions.

Authors’ Note: These courses cite ethical standards and professional recommendations available at the time each course was placed on line. Readers are encouraged to check the website of their national professional organization for updates. These courses are not a substitute for wider knowledge about one’s own ethical standards and laws.  When facing dilemmas in clinical practice, we advise ethical and legal consultation. Many aspects of the case vignettes are based on actual case situations, but changes have been made in order not to disclose the identities of either patients or therapists.   Throughout the courses, the terms “client” and “patient” are used interchangeably, as well as the terms “psychotherapist,” “therapist,” and “counselor.” Most recommendations cited in these courses would apply across all professions and all types of clinical therapeutic interventions; where there are exceptions, this is noted.

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