Professional Ethics for the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Professional

Dates: November 10, 2023

Meets: F from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Location: GRAND RAPIDS - BIK 230-235

COURSE: $99.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.


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NOTE: This course includes MCBAP credits and Ethics continuing education hours.

This course will provide an overview of issues surrounding professional ethics for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Substance use Disorder professionals. Topics include ethical decision making models, understanding professional versus personal ethics, understanding professional codes of ethics and resolving ethical dilemmas. The use of case study examples will be reviewed and discussed.


  1. Understand fundamental principles of professional ethics
  2. Differentiate between personal and professional ethics.
  3. Identify common boundary violations by clinicians.
  4. Resolve ethical dilemmas and violations though case study examples.
  5. Identify 42CFR and how it applies to SUD clinical practice.
  6. Differentiate between HIPAA and 42CFR.
  7. Review several Codes of Ethics and identify potential differences (APA, NBCC, NASW, ACA, MCBAP, etc).


SWCE Policies

Payment & Registration

  • Payment is due upon registration. If a participant registers for a course and has not paid the registration fee, we will send a reminder email to pay the fee. If there is no response and the fee has not been paid within 7 days, the participant will be dropped from the course and may re-register and pay if space is available.
    This policy is to ensure equitable access to courses that have high demand and long waitlists.
  • Registration Deadline: Three days prior to the program by 5pm.
  • Waitlist Policy: Our social work programs, excluding the DHHS programs, may fill up due to interest in the content. If the course becomes full, we will have a limited wait list. Those who get on a wait list for a course, you will be notified as soon as possible if a seat becomes available and payment must be made upon enrollment. When the typical registration period ends two days prior to the begin date, all those on the list will be notified we can no longer accept people into the class.


  • Participants may cancel their registration at any time by calling our office at 616-331-7180 or emailing Participants seeking a refund must cancel their registration at least 48 hours prior to the program. You may either receive a full refund back on your card, or we can place a credit on your account for a future program. Refund requests received within 48 hours of the program are not eligible for a refund. If GVSU needs to cancel the event, participants will receive a full refund.

Social Work Continuing Education Credits:

  • Participants seeking Social Work Continuing Education credits will need to arrive by the start time of the program, and must stay until the end. Partial credit will not be awarded.
  • Participants must complete the post-event evaluation to receive SWCE credit.
  • Certificates will be emailed to participants 1-2 business days after the program. Participants who have not received their certificate (and it is not in their spam/junk folder) should email
  • Grand Valley State University School of Social Work, an accredited social work education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 338.2965 to award Michigan social work continuing education contact hours.
Fee: $99.00

Fee Breakdown

FeeCOURSE$ 99.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Field Education Supervisor$ 66.00
Fee-AlternateGVSU Faculty/Staff$ 15.00


A parking pass will be emailed to you two days prior to the event. Please see the link below for maps to Grand Valley State University locations:

Building Address:
Bicycle Factory
201 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

James Sherrill

James Sherrill has been a Licensed Professional Counselor, Course Instructor, Clinical and Professional Supervisor since 2010. He has worked with all ages including Adolescents with juvenile court involvement, residential services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness including several who were adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity. He has been a clinician, case manager, and clinical supervisor.