Ethics & Boundaries for Community Based Counselor*



Our codes of ethics provide guidelines for navigating ethical dilemmas that may arise however certain ethical situations will arise for professionals who work in the community. For example, accepting gifts, setting boundaries with families to conduct counseling within the home, or observing illegal activities are a few examples of ethical dilemmas. This presentation will walk counselors through common ethical dilemmas and apply ethical decision-making models useful in this setting.


  • Identify ethical considerations when working in the community.
  • Identify and apply ethical decision-making models to ethical dilemmas common when working in the community.
  • Identify ethical decision-making models that can assist working in the community to maintain professional boundaries 
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, LMFT, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1016
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      Ethics & Boundaries for Community Based Counselor
    • Lecture.1
      Ethics & Boundaries for Community Based Counselor
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      Ethics & Boundaries for Community Based Counselor 15 questions

Dr. Janelle Bettis is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in the Mental Health Counseling Program at Bowie State University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in the State of Maryland. Dr. Bettis obtained her Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Dr. Bettis has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a myriad of diagnoses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD. Dr. Bettis has worked in a variety of settings such as school, in home, clinic and within the community. Research interests include home-based counseling, social justice/advocacy, clinical supervision, public policy/legislation, counselors-in-training, community mental health, African American women’s issues, qualitative research methods. Dr. Bettis currently serves as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Program and Webinar Committee for Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), and Committee Member of the ACA Public Policy Committee.