Ethics for Mental Health Professionals Alabama

Practical Mental Health Ethics

Applications for a Fast Changing World

Online (Early Bird) Registration is closed.

Remember, you can still register as follows:

  • Onsite at the workshop location in Montgomery, Alabama (see below for location details)
  • On the morning of the workshop between 8am – 8:30am, Friday, April 22, 2016
  • At the regular, non-discounted rate

Please arrive early, see you there!

Practical Mental Health Ethics - Play Therapy Training Alabama

AAPT is sponsoring a Regional Workshop by Jeffrey S. Ashby, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S on April 22, 2016 titled, “Practical Mental Health Ethics: Applications for a Fast Changing World”.

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Page Index

About the Workshop

Learning Objectives

About The Presenter

Registration Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Volunteer Opportunities & Scholarships

Map, Parking, Lunch & Special Needs

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

Continuing Education & AAPT Membership


Workshop Title

Practical Mental Health Ethics: Applications for a Fast Changing World


Jeffrey S. Ashby, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S (see “About the Presenter”)

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Friday, April 22, 2016


Family Guidance Center
2358 Fairlane Drive
Building D
Montgomery, AL 36116

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About The Workshop

Ongoing clinical practice often contributes to a kind of ethical “drift”.

In addition, the internet, social media, and other technological changes have offered new ethical challenges for mental health clinicians.

Using case examples, discussion, and lecture, participants in this workshop will consider how the ethical codes apply to the practical world of counseling and special emphasis will be placed on developing professionals’ understanding of decision-making processes used in arriving at ethical courses of action in the context of a changing world.

The workshop will highlight issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality, and boundaries/multiple relationships.

Using case studies and vignettes, professionals will be invited to consider what might be the best course of action in a variety of scenarios presenting ethical dilemmas.

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Workshop Agenda

  • 8am – 8:30am ~ Registration/Coffee
  • 8:30am – 11:30am ~ Workshop Session
  • 11:30am – 1pm ~ Lunch (provided)
  • 1pm – 4:00pm ~ Workshop Session

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Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the assumptions and theories behind ethical decision making models
  2. Identify and explain a practical model for ethical decision-making
  3. Explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of informed consent
  4. Explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of competence
  5. Explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of confidentiality
  6. Explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of dual relationships

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About The Presenter

Jeff Ashby - Licensed PsychologistDr. Jeff Ashby is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University.

He is the Director of Georgia State’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program, a licensed psychologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor.

Dr. Ashby has taught ethics at the graduate level for over 20 years and has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Play Therapy and as an ethics content expert with the State of Georgia Psychology board.

He has made over 100 presentations at professional conferences and authored/co-authored more than 80 articles in refereed journals, numerous book chapters, and two books.


Behnke, S. (2008). Ethics in the age of the internet. Psychological Monitor, 7, 74.

Behnke, S. (2007). Posting on the internet: An opportunity for self (and other) reflection. Psychological Monitor, 38, 60.

Cantor, D. (2005). Patients’ rights in psychotherapy. In G. Koocher, J. Norcross, & S. Hill (Eds), Psychologists’ desk reference (pp. 181-183). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Corey, G., Corey, M.S. & Callanan (2011). Issues and ethics in the helping professions. Boston, MA: BrooksCole.

Corsier, B.S., (2012). Wired to connect: Evolutionary psychology and social networks. Review of General Psychology, 16, 230-239.

Harris, S.E. & Robinson Kurpius, S.E. (2014). Social networking and professional ethics: Client searches, informed consent, and disclosure. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45, 11-19.

Jordan, N.A., Russell, L., Afousi, E., Chemel, T., McVicker, M., Robertson, J. & Winek, J. (2014). The ethical use of social media in marriage and family therapy. The Family Journal, 22, 104-112.

Maheu, M. & Gordon, B., (2000). Counseling and therapy on the Internet. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31(5), 484-489.

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  • Seating is limited so register early.
  • Spaces are not guaranteed until your registration is processed.
  • Save $$ with Early Bird registration (via Online or Postal Mail registration).

Payment Options

  • Registration is available Online, via Postal Mail and On-site
  • Online Registration Payments are processed via PayPal. Click here to register.
    • Please note: This is a secure process and does NOT require a PayPal account.
  • For registration by Postal Mail: download, fill out, and send registration form and payment to the address provided on form. Click here to download mail-in Registration Form >>
    • Check or money order only if registering by Postal Mail.
    • Purchase Orders are not accepted.


  • April 15, 2016 ~ Postal Mail registration must be postmarked by this date.
  • April 18, 2016 (end of day, midnight) ~ Online Registration will be closed.
  • April 22, 2016 ~ On-site Registration, participants can register at workshop location on the morning of.

Workshop Fees

Early Bird registration discount of $20 is applied to Online Registrations and Postal Mail registrations postmarked as specified (see Deadline Dates).

  • AAPT/APT Member
    • $50 ~ Early Bird Registration
    • $70 ~ On-site Registration
  • Non-Member
    • $60 ~ Early Bird Registration
    • $80 ~ On-site Registration
  • Full-time Students
    • $30 ~ Early Bird Registration
    • $50 ~ On-site Registration

Group Discount

  • $10.00 discount, per registrant, for groups of 3 or more.
  • Please specify if registering as a group and identify group members and affiliation.
  • Group discount is available by Postal Mail or Online.

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Volunteer Opportunities / Scholarships

Scholarships will be offered to full-time students who can be available Thursday evening and Friday prior to and during the conference.

Interested applicants may access the volunteer application on our website. For questions concerning this opportunity, contact Kathryn Blackwell:


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Additional Notes


Visitors can use parking spaces by the Family Guidance Center (FGC) – Building D. Watch for the AAPT signs to guide you to parking and the entrance into the workshop.


Box lunches will be provided.

Special Needs

For special needs, contact Maura Pratt (Registration and CEU Coordinator):

  • (334) 868-8290

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Map & Driving Directions

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Cancellation Policy & Refunds

Registrants canceling up to 48 hours before a workshop will receive a tuition refund less a $20 administrative fee, or if requested, a voucher good for one year for a future workshop.

All requests must be made in writing or by email. No refunds issued for any reason after date of workshop.

In the unlikely event the workshop cannot be held, registrants will receive complimentary admission to a rescheduled workshop or a full value voucher, good for one year, for a future workshop.

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Continuing Education

Six (6) Contact Hours will be provided for a full day of attendance.  No certificate of attendance will be given before the workshop is completed. No partial credit will be awarded.

NOTE: This workshop is for NBCC, not APT CE credit.


NBCC Logo for ACEPAlabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6211. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Alabama Association for Play Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Play Therapists

AAPT is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to offer continuing education specific to Play Therapy. APT Approved Provider No. 98-045.

Because this workshop topic is about ethics and not Play Therapy specific, AAPT can only offer NBCC CE credit. We apologize for the confusion.

Marriage and Family Therapists

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy (ABEMFT) automatically approves courses that are NBCC approved for CEU credit.

Social Workers

The Alabama Association for Play Therapy (AAPT) is recognized by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners (ABSWE) to offer continuing education for social workers. ASBSWE Provider No. 0284.

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If you are interested in membership, please send a separate check made out to APT, along with your completed membership application, for dual membership in:

  1. APT (Association for Play Therapy Association, Inc.), and
  2. AAPT (Alabama Association for Play Therapy)

Membership applications and instructions are available online or from membership chairperson Stephanie Bales:


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For GENERAL INQUIRIES about this workshop, contact Celeste Neil:

  • (205) 541-5563

or Lisa Elliott:

  • (334)270-4100

For REGISTRATION QUESTIONS, contact Maura Pratt:

  • (334) 868-8290

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