Ethical Issues for Recovery Support Workers

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

A 12-hour training with Jacqui Abikoff, LICSW, MLADC

February 1 & 2, 2024

8:30am–4:00pm each day

Recovery Support Workers have a unique relationship with clients receiving treatment for substance use disorders, often interacting with them in more informal settings and over longer periods of time than counselors.  The resulting familiarity could result in a blurring of boundaries traditionally established between clients and treatment providers.  This two-day workshop will examine common ethical issues and conflicts faced by Recovery Support Workers / Peer Recovery Specialists in the usual course of practice. It will focus specifically on boundary issues, dual relationships and confidentiality issues and provide frameworks for sorting out priorities and competing loyalties in order to make the best decisions possible. Ethical conflicts and dilemmas will be addressed through discussion and case analysis. Strategies for managing these conflicts will be explored.  Participants are encouraged to bring examples of ethical conflicts they have encountered in their own practice for discussion.

Day 1 will cover relationship issues, boundary issues, role definition and dual relationships.

Day 2 will cover confidentiality issues with respect to treatment providers, other healthcare providers, the criminal justice system and non-treatment entities.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their own personal biases and beliefs and how they may impact the work they do in their respective professional settings;
  • Describe why and how to apply the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use treatment records;
  • Summarize the exceptions to confidentiality;
  • Navigate ethical conflicts resulting from the requirements of confidentiality; and
  • Identify 3 common boundary violations and how to avoid them.

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Multi-day Event