Modern Ethics in Addiction Treatment



Working with substance use disorders can be an ethically complex terrain – a biopsychosocial disorder with numerous stakeholders, regulatory bodies, and clinical philosophies to juggle as you make clinical and organizational decisions.  This seminar focuses on applied ethics in the context of the treatment of addictions – examining real-world scenarios and ethical conflicts to help prepare you to navigate these challenging situations when they present in your practice.  Topics addressed include drug screening, administrative discharge, harm-reduction models, decisional capacity, medication-assisted therapy, and more.


  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of at least two types of drug testing, as well as best practices in responding to positive screens.
  • Discuss questions related to decisional capacity and involuntary commitment related to substance use.
  • Identify at least three words or phrases that are stigmatizing to individuals with substance use disorders, and their best-practice substitutes.
  • Discuss different types of harm-reduction strategies, and ethical considerations related to their implementation.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by
ASWB # 1706, NAADAC # 139138 & NBCC # 6703
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
OCDP Board Sponsor #
CE Broker Tracking # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes

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      Modern Ethics in Addiction Treatment
Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Psychologist and addiction specialist, and speaks nationally on the topics of addiction, behavioral health, and the impact of drug policy on public health. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His perspective is informed by his years of experience growing and directing addiction service lines for healthcare systems, the current state of medical and psychological research, and his own observations in private practice. He is a strong advocate for evidence-based care in treating chemical dependency and behavioral addictions, as well as a proponent of integrating behavioral health services into medical settings. Dr. Weiner is a member of the Physician Speakers Bureau for the National Safety Council, the Science Advisory Board for Smart Approaches to Marijuana, and a former Board Member for the Society of Addiction Psychology.

Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 4-6 PM EST.

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