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Running head: Ethics and Legal Issues 1 Ethics and Legal Issues for Consideration in the Practice of Substance Abuse Counseling Madeleine E. Vaughters CNDV 5324 M01 Substance Abuse Counseling Lamar University
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Ethics and Legal Issues 2 Ethics and Legal Issues for Consideration in the Practice of Substance Abuse Counseling As I began this course on substance abuse counseling, I was worried that I would not be able to comprehend the unique challenges that face professionals in this field. Through this assignment I will take into consideration the various ethical governing bodies that substance abuse counselors adhere to, characteristics of competent counselors, and to reflect on my personal learning experiences and how my perceptions of substance abuse may have changed. Upon completion of this assignment I will be able to become more confident in my ability to counsel clients working through substance abuse. Ethical and Legal Considerations The first governing body that I looked to is the Texas State requirements for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. According to the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 140, Subchapter I (2015) “LCDCs are not qualified to treat individuals with a mental health disorder or provide family counseling to individuals whose presenting problems do not include chemical dependency” (p. 7). I was unaware that it was not within the legal licensing boundaries for LCDCs to conduct counseling sessions with clients who have a mental health disorder. Although I am working toward my Licensed Professional Counselor, there may be times that I work with clients who have both mental illness and substance abuse concerns. Knowing that I will have the right licensure to work with clients with dual diagnosis, such as a mental illness and substance use, makes me more comfortable working in this area of counseling. I also looked to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics for considerations in substance abuse counseling. Something I found within the ethical code that stood out to me when thinking specifically of chemical dependency counseling was being aware of personal
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  • Fall '17
  • Practice of Substance Abuse Counseling

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