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An Ethical Code from a More Civilized Time: 
The Impact of Media on Ethical Standards

Broadcast Date: February 13, 2013
Course Code: A0

Stephen F. Kuniak, MSEd, NCC
Program Director
Unity Family Services, Family Based Program
Leechburg, PA

Program Description:

Today, we are inundated with opportunities to partake in media and technology.  Our ethical standards help to guide our decision making with upholding our boundaries as agents of social service.  The speed with which we gain new methods of accessing media cause these standards to become obsolete almost as soon as they are written.  This program will explore the current codes of ethics and best practice ideas for dealing with the, continually changing, possibilities with media in the work place.  Participants will also explore new trends that may produce benefits in incorporating technology and media in our work.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program participants should be able to:


1. Identify social service ethics codes and how they relate to the use of technology and media in practice.

2. Discuss the importance of, and the steps in effective ethical decision making in an ever changing field.

3. Recognize common forms of media that we encounter in counseling and current trends with their use in a professional environment.

4. Examine productive and non-productive uses for technology in the counseling arena.

Target Audience:

This is an introductory program for all mental health care workers, peer specialists, supervisors, administrators and others interested in behavioral health services

Continuing Education Credits:

ACT 48 3.0

CADC 3.0


CPRP 3.0


NBCC 3.0


PCHA 3.0

Psychologist 3.0

SW 3.0

CEU 0.3

We are pleased to offer Act 48, CADC,  CPRP, NBCC, PCHA, Psychologist, Social Work and CEU credits for this webcast.  Please download the test and application form before viewing the webcast:  (Adobe PDF); (MS-Word)

For ACT 48--Please download the packet here.

If you have questions, please contact
Jennifer Lichok at lichokjl@upmc.edu

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Continuing Education Credit

Each program is offered for the designated number of continuing education credits



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer continuing education credits under Act 48 guidelines. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the Act 48 Continuing Education Guidelines.



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Office of Education and Regional Programming is certified by the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board (PCACB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) continuing education credits for those participants attending the entire program. 



The announced credit hours for each program can be applied to your training hours for the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors. Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic adheres to the NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines.



The indicated number of clock hours are approved by the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Adult Residential Licensing. These clock hours may count towards the 24 hours of annual training for administrators required in 55 Pa. Code Chapter 2600 (relating to personal care homes).



Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. These programs are being offered for 2.0 continuing education credits.



The indicated number of credit hours of continuing education is provided through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a PA-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LCSW renewal. For information of social work continuing education, call (412) 624-3711.



Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded the designated number of Continuing Education Units (CEU). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attendance at this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming the indicated hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible in completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for bi-annual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.


For Technical Support: email connellp@upmc.edu  or call Patrick Connell at 412-802-6906 

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