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Making Ethics Work for You! Ethics in Daily Practice with Adam L. Hill, Ph. D.

  • Friday, June 09, 2023
  • 1:00 PM


  • 1 FREE CE for Licensed attendees
  • Licensed attendee is eligible for 1 CE credit


Attending to ethical issues can feel like a distraction from providing the best possible care to clients, but incorporation of ethical resources into daily practice can provide the peace of mind that you have covered your bases related to potential ethical concerns. This presentation is designed to describe the tools in a solid/reliable ethical toolkit, and to apply them to likely scenarios you may encounter. There will be an overview of a series of concepts, a few applications of those concepts to scenarios, and informal time for discussion and questions on the topics presented.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the ACA Code of Ethics requirement for ability to employ a defensible ethical decision-making model.
  • Describe how to prioritize which EDMs to employ in given circumstances.
  • Describe four ethical decision-making models, with a brief example of the use of each (Principle ethics, Virtue ethics, James Rest’s components of moral reasoning, Multi-Step linear model).
  • Q & A/ Discussion

Adam L. Hill, Ph. D. is a professor of Counseling at Sonoma State University’s CMHC program, leading to PCC and MFT licensure. Dr. Hill completed his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University in 1999 with a specialization in family systems counseling.

His dissertation focus and scholarship focus on ethics education in counseling. His clinical work has taken place at Community Mental Health agencies in Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Santa Rosa, CA, and on campus at Sonoma State University. Dr. Hill has eight publications and numerous presentations, especially under the auspices of The American Counseling Association, the Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and the American Counseling Association’s Association of Specialists in Groupwork. For the past 12 years he has focused on teaching ethics as well as providing clinical supervision for Sonoma State University’s in-house practicum experience, which he also coordinates for all students in the program. He also supervises pre-M.A. Traineeship experiences for advanced students in the CMHC program. Dr. Hill has served on the CALPCC statewide Ethics Committee, providing answers supporting CALPCC members, since 2018.

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