March 14, 2024 | Religion, Spirituality & Ethics for Counseling Professionals


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March 14, 2024 | 8:30am-12:30pm | 4 Contact Hours |  Zoom

For many people, spirituality and religion are important aspects of their inner or outer lives. Ethics is the systematic application of principles that help us make decisions about “right” or “wrong” action. This course will explore the role of spirituality and religion in the practice of counseling. Standards of practice in this area and a framework for ethical decision making will be presented. We will also discuss the phenomena of spiritual emergencies and spiritual bypassing, as well as emerging relevant questions posed by developments in “artificial” intelligence.

• Become familiar with standards of practice regarding this topic
• Become familiar with considerations that underlay ethical decision-making regarding spirituality and religion.
• Increase level of competence and self-efficacy regarding ethical practice in this area as applied to mental health and substance use counseling.

About the Presenter

John Yasenchak, Ed.D, LCPC, LADC

John Yasenchak is currently a contributing faculty in the School of Counseling, Walden University. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor for Graduate Counseling, Husson University. Prior to that, he taught for many years in the Graduate Counselling program at the University of Maine, Orono. John has served as President of the Maine Counseling Association, Chair of the North Atlantic Region American Counseling Association, and as Board Member, Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine. He serves on the editorial board of Counseling and Values. John began his teaching career as a philosophy instructor with a specialty in ethics and has presented workshops on digital ethics and spiritual/religious issues in the practice of counseling nationally and internationally. He has received awards for his work in spirituality and religion, multiculturalism, and teaching. John has been a student and teacher of yoga for over twenty-five years.

Contact Hours
4 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
4 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Certificate of attendance for 4 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.
4 contact hours for Alcohol & Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

*inclusive of 4 hours of ethics