Ethical Decision Making for Counselors (4 hours)

Charlotte Chapman


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This 4-hour course discusses all of the elements that need to be considered in an ethical decision making process. There is a brief review of ethical theories and definitions, discussion of ethical principles with application to a case study, review of legal terms and legal concerns, and discussion questions at the end of each section for self-reflection. Three case scenarios at the end of the course provide an opportunity to integrate all of the course material. Websites and a bibliography offer additional resources for further reading.

1. To increase knowledge of all of the elements needed in an ethical decision making process for counselors.
2. To identify ethical principles and many of the dilemmas of applying these principles.
3. To practice ethical decision making with case scenarios.

1. Provide an overview of essential areas of importance in ethical decision making.
2. Assist counselors in identifying their own values, theories, and personal issues in this process.

Your Course Instructor:
Charlotte Chapman, M.S., MAC, CCS, LPC

Charlotte Chapman has been in the addictions field for thirty years. She has practiced as a counselor, supervisor and program director. Charlotte has been teaching ethics for the past twenty years. She has published articles and courses on ethics for addiction professionals and has served on state and national certification boards and ethics committees. Charlotte is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed substance abuse treatment provider, a certified Masters Addictions Counselor (MAC) and a certified clinical supervisor in Virginia. She is currently the director of counseling services at the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center where she teaches and supervises graduate counseling students. More information is available at

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