Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling



What are ethics and why are they important in our work?  Ethics is a branch of philosophy concerned with how humans should live, and what should be considered right and wrong. The word originates from the ancient Greek word “ethos,” but the concept is much older, with every society possessing its own code of ethics.


  • Identify and recognize how ethics impact their relationships and perspectives on quality client care.
  • Demonstrate comprehension by being able to give examples of how they apply ethics in their work with clients and other professionals.
  • Examine ethical principles and how they guide quality practice.
  • Generalize ethical practice across several cases.
  • Analyze their own model of ethical decision making to prepare them for complex cases and to manage all of the principles effectively when faced with stressful challenges.

Outline Part One

  • Ethics and the Law
  • Major ethical/legal issues encountered in practice
  • Eight major areas of focus
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • The five moral-ethical principles

Outline Part Two

  • Ethical decision-making model (s)
  • Nuances of rural ethics.
  • Application of knowledge through assessment and discussion of specific cases.

Target Audience: Psychologist, Social Worker, Addiction Counselor, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate
3 CE hour credits approved by NAADAC, ASWB, & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 4
  • Quizzes 1
  • Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1018
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
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      Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Part One
    • Lecture.1
      Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Part Two
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      Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Part Two Webinar Link Copy
    • Lecture.1
      Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Course Evaluation
  • Quiz
    • Quiz.1
      Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Quiz 20 questions

Jodi Geis-Crowder has a passion for the helping profession to ensure access to care for all. She is also passionate about mentoring, supervising, and training others to reach their professional potential. Jodi has spent the past 25 years dedicating her professional efforts to ensuring that individuals in rural, frontier areas in Northeast Colorado and Southeast Wyoming have access to quality, culturally meaningful behavioral health care and substance use disorder services, delivered by trained, competent providers.
A native of Wyoming, Jodi holds an Associate of Science Degree in Education from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences with areas of emphasis in psychology, economics, political science, and anthropology, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She holds professional counseling licenses in good standing in Colorado (LPC-2476, March 2000) and Wyoming (LPC-1602, September 2016), is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certified Solution Focused Brief Therapy practitioner, holds a certificate in the Human/Animal Bond from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, has studied and gained numerous continuing education credits in the area of the human/animal bond, has been registered with three therapy dogs (2005, 2010 and 2019) and is a tester/observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a national credentialing organization for therapy dog teams headquarter in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jodi is currently pursuing her fourth therapy dog registration with Cooper and recently adopted Philip Kade with whom she hopes to compete in frisbee dog competitions! Jodi’s passion for culturally appropriate human/animal bond and agriculture-related services in rural areas resulted in her developing animal-assisted therapy programs and therapeutic horticulture for two community mental health centers: Centennial Mental Health Center in Northeast Colorado and Peak Wellness Center in Southeast Wyoming. Jodi states, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to bring my passion for the natural world and rural culture into my professional work by developing programs that are culturally meaningful and support the rural way of life.” She further states, “My original therapy dog, Mr. Big, taught me more about patience and unconditional love than any other relationship in my life. It is astounding to me how much he continues to teach me about grief and loss through his passing.”
Jodi has held positions as a clinician, clinical coordinator, clinical supervisor, regional clinical director and telehealth clinical supervisor, and education and training coordinator in her years at Centennial Mental Health Center and Peak Wellness Center. Jodi developed animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture, and peer specialist programs during her tenure at Centennial Mental Health Center and was the architect for and developed a centralized, telehealth clinical supervision model for Peak Wellness Center. Jodi has extensive training and experience in working in the telehealth model. She authored an article regarding transitioning to working remotely and provided support to others transitioning to remote work during the Covid 19 Pandemic shut down in March 2020. This article was used internally at Peak Wellness Center to support staff during this transition.
Jodi recently reduced her full-time hours to part-time with Peak Wellness Center to pursue consulting and teaching opportunities. She is passionate about supporting educational opportunities and identifying the potential for growth in services to ensure high-quality access to care for all.