Christian Counseling Ethics and the Law: 21st Century Developments and Hot Potato Issues
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
6:00 – 8:00 PM ET
David E. Jenkins, Psy.D., is a Professor of Counseling and the Director of the M.A. in Addiction Counseling program in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. He has served as Clinical Director of the International Board of Christian Counselors of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is on the Executive Board of the Society for Christian Psychology. Dr. Jenkins also served on the Executive Draft Committee for the 2014 update to the AACC’s Code of Ethics for Christian Counselors. With more than 25 years of clinical experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Jenkins specializes in the integration of Christian faith and clinical practice. He has worked extensively with addictive, mood, and anxiety disorders in the context of individual, marital, group, and family therapy. Dr. Jenkins has provided education, consultation, supervision, and training for various churches, ministries, and professionals. He is also an author and speaker at conferences, seminars, and retreats.
Jeanneane Maxon, J.D., Esq., has almost 10 years of executive level, non-profit leadership, is an attorney, and a nationally recognized speaker and human rights advocate. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with brain cancer, inspiring the #TeamJeanneane social media campaign. From 2012 through 2015, she served as Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL). In this role, she oversaw the communications, development, operations, and coalition departments of AUL. From 2008 through 2011, Jeanneane served as the General Counsel for Care Net, a non-profit pregnancy help affiliation network with more than 1,200 pregnancy center members. She has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from Westminster College, graduating summa cum laude and co-valedictorian, and a law degree from Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude.
In recent years, Christian counselors and counseling students have faced continued challenges and complex situations requiring careful consideration and balance of faith, law, and ethical issues. This workshop reviews the 2014 update to the AACC Code of Ethics and addresses key legal and ethical issues, challenges, and trends for Christian counselors. The 2014 AACC Code of Ethics will be highlighted in discussing the Christian counselor’s ethical decision-making process. Applications of ethical decision-making components are made through case review of some of the more complex issues of the day as they pertain to a broad continuum of care from licensed professionals to pastoral counselors and lay caregivers. In reviewing the Code, this session identifies challenges in its implementation and provides direction for ethical counseling practice using a case study approach.
- Evaluate the applicability of the 2014 AACC Code of Ethics to 21st-century developments and issues for licensed practitioners, pastoral counselors, and lay caregivers
- Identify and apply, through case review, appropriate ethical Christian counseling practices as they pertain to recent changes in mental health law and public policy trends, as well as common ethical issues for licensed professionals, pastoral counselors, and lay caregivers
- Learn to “issue spot” those ethical situations that may lead to legal complications so the counselor can seek additional advice on how to best proceed