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Presented by Dr. Alicen-J McGowan

This course is eligible for 3.0 APA CEs for Psychologists or 3.0 BBS California CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors and LMFTs.

Workshop Description:

It is important to understand more than the prescribed code of ethics for each profession. A thorough understanding of the history and evolution of ethics puts the need for guidelines and boundaries into perspective. Awareness of the intersection of the law, morality and ethical decision-making is imperative.

This workshop will address those considerations and more. It will provide provocative examples of how to use ethics as a personal and professional guide. Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists have one common mandate – to facilitate client wellness. Remaining objective, while displaying empathy can only be accomplished when certain boundaries are in place. This course will assist participants shape boundaries that are comfortable for them.

Presenter Biography:

Alicen-J. McGowan, LCPC, PHD, CAGS, CAS, RPT-S, Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Consultant, Author, Private Practitioner

AJM holds a PhD IN Ethics/Public Administration. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Dr. McGowan has dedicated her career helping individuals and families who struggle. As a national thought leader in the fields of ethics and human trafficking she has presented for such groups as the American Museum Association Conference, and has published many articles, including “Ethics of Procuring Native American land for Government purposes”.

A passionate advocate and mental health provider, Dr. McGowan is an advisory board member for the Illinois statewide citizen’s committee for abuse and neglect of children, Chair of the task force for Children of Domestic Violence Steering Committee of Chicago Says No More, and serves on the Governor’s Advisory council to the director of DCFS.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Define and discuss the need for ethics as a competency in the professions

2. Identify and describe the evolution of ethical Models for Application today

3. Analyze concrete examples of ethical violations with clients

4. List 2 ethical considerations specific to telehealth practice

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Registration and Fees:

General Admission: $60.00

TCSPP Alumni Admission: $30.00

TCSPP Current Site Supervisors & Community Partner Admission: $30.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff: $30.00

TCSPP Student Admission: $15.00


(1)Illinois Department of Human Rights Training Institute (2020, June. FAQ for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Retrieved from

(2) Feldblum, C. and Lipnic, V. (2016, June). Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Retrieved from

(3) 20 ILCS 2105-15.5 (effective January 1, 2020). Department of Professional Regulation. Retrieved from


Target Audience: All mental health professionals, particularly those who run their own practice. Graduate students welcome.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected] There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.