The Ethical Clinician: Benefits, Burdens, and Best Practices

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association


PRESENTATION:Substance use and mental health professional encounter a multitude of ethical challenges that shape our decisions and impact client care. This interactive workshop advances beyond the typical discussion of ethical principles, and explores the benefits of ethical practice, the burdens associated with ethical practice, and best practices for navigating challenging ethical situations.

Through case studies, group discussion, and exercises, participants will:  

  • Explore how upholding ethical standards positively impacts client care and outcomes 
  • Resolve common emotional and professional challenges inherent in ethical practice 
  • Explore strategies for maintaining well-being when challenged with ethical dilemmas 
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of universal ethical principles and ethical codes 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Scott Methe is a master licensed alcohol and drug counselor who currently manages the New Hampshire clinical team at Better Life Partners. Scott began his career working in psychiatric intensive care and substance use counseling while pursuing his Ph.D. in applied educational psychology at UMass Amherst. As an assistant psychology professor at East Carolina University and then at the UMass Boston College of Education, Scott maintained a part-time clinical practice while conducting research in behavioral and academic assessment. Throughout his academic career, he published over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly works and earned awards for exemplary research and professional service. He also held associate editorships for two scientific journals while serving on multiple editorial boards.  

In 2014, Scott set his sights on education reform and was awarded a fellowship at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University along with a senior research fellowship at Boston University. After a distinguished career in academia, in 2018 he gratefully returned to his clinical roots at the Farnum Center, where he gained experience across multiple levels of care. After earning his MLADC, he began to pursue healthcare management and administrative positions, serving as a clinic director and currently as a clinical manager. Scott lives happily at home with his wife, son, and dog in Durham, New Hampshire. 

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Event Details

September 8, 2023
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150
Concord, NH
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