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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. Please note, once this course is completed an APA Certificate will be automatically generated. If you require a BBS California CEU Certificate it may take up to two weeks to receive via email.*

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.

Meet the Presenter:

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 Alumni, can find discount codes for this program by registering here

TCSPP Current Site Supervisors & Community Partner Admission: $30.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff: $30.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff an find discount codes for this program by registering here

TCSPP Student Admission: $15.00

Current TCSPP Students, with school email address, can find discount codes to access this program by registering here


(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.