Ethical Practice in the Addiction Profession

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

PRESENTATION: Addiction treatment professionals have an obligation to protect patients, the workforce, and the communities we serve by continuously monitoring safe ethical practice. Working with substance use disorders often includes managing the needs and expectations of numerous stakeholders including the patient, their loved ones, state regulations, federal regulations, and the various tiers of ethics the everyday professional helper abides by. This presentation focuses on developing the helping professional’s situational awareness in applying ethical principles in every day complicated scenarios. Participants will examine real-world vignettes with ethical conflict and learn a system for ethical decision-making. Additional topics covered in this presentation will include confidentiality, boundaries, informed consent and health literacy, and clinical documentation principles for safe patient care.  

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe foundational principles and progressive updates to confidentiality and protected health information;
  • Implement an ethical decision-making model for complicated scenarios with ethical conflict; and
  • Identify at least 3 of the most common warning signs of potential boundary crossings leading to the most common boundary violations.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Samson Teklemariam, LPC, CPTM, is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Behavioral Health Group (BHG). He is an accomplished leader with a history of driving organizational results with learning and development solutions. Known for implementing initiatives that support organizational priorities and produce measurable outcomes, he has been a leader in the field of addiction treatment for over 12 years. He was formerly the Director of Training and Professional Development for NAADAC. He is a Certified Lead Trainer for the Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBISA) curriculum, Calm Every Storm: Crisis Prevention & Intervention curriculum, and experienced in treating trauma-related disorders using trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TFCBT) and Seeking Safety. Samson previously worked for Phoenix House Foundation as the National Director of Learning and Development. 

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Event Details

April 5, 2024
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Remote via Zoom
NHADACA Members – $65.00
Non-Members – $75.00