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Ethical practice is of critical importance for all practitioners in social work, nursing, counseling, psychology, peer coaching, and chemical addictions disciplines. There are competing needs for self-determination and evidencebased implementation. Ethical dilemmas appear in dealing with social justice, management of resources, and consumer direction and safety. A process is reviewed to help understand ethics relating to professions, licensure expectations, and methods to resolve conflicts in micro, mezzo, and macro practice. A case-based approach will enable resolution methods for both policies and practices. The program also addresses ethics and public health with the opioid crisis in our communities. An approach to working with people who need pain management will be introduced. The program focuses on helping individuals at risk for substance use disorders, especially increased alcohol uses due to the pandemic. The treatment options discussed relates to managing pain and minimizing risk for addiction. Special attention will be given to prevention and intervention using best practices in dealing with overdose from opiates. 


Participants will be able to:

1. Participants will learn specific changes in ethical practice related to telehealth and use of digital practice tools.

2. Participants will identify the steps needed for levels of licensure and certification in Michigan for behavioral health professions.

3. Participants will complete ethical process steps using cases to incorporate specific aspects of ethical codes.

4. Participants will delineate five components needed in supervision contracts and tasks

5. Participants will assess risk for opioid use disorders with clients.

6. Participants will be aware of the trends related to prescription and illegal opioid use, increased alcohol use and the risks of overdose death.

7. Participants will understand staging and stages of change, as well as how to use staging tools with clients and treatment teams to decide on appropriate interventions.

8. Participants will understand use of medication assisted treatment (MAT) and importance of waiver for nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants

The Agenda

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Registration Continental Breakfast (included), Networking

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Ethics in Behavioral Health: Ethical Codes

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Ethics and Licensure/Certification

10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Ethics and Telehealth, Boundaries, Information Literacy

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (included)

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Supervision in Behavioral Health Care Practice

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Applying treatment for Opioids, Cannabis, and Pain Disorders, Q&A, Closing


Jennifer Harrison, PhD, LMSW, CAADC is a social worker, chemical addictions counselor, and professor and director for the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University. Her primary areas of research include behavioral health workforce development and evidence-based practice implementation, and outcome measurement. She has researched and received foundation and state grant support for the implementation of outcome measurement in clinical and educational practice and with colleague Dr. Ann Chapleau has co-developed a secure digital application using Goal Attainment Scaling called Goal Scaling Solutions, Inc. Her research scholarship is published in national and international journals and texts including Social Work Research, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Community Mental Health Journal, Substance Use & Misuse, The International Journal of Teaching in Business, and Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Venue Information

Hagerty Conference Center at NMC
715 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
+1 (231) 995-1146

Organizer Information

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority

105 Hall Street
Suite A
Traverse City, MI 49684
+1 (231) 935-3099

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