HealthForumOnline Announces Updates to Online CE Ethics Courses for Mental Health Professionals

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HealthForumOnline (HFO), a provider of nationally-approved online continuing education (CE/CEU) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other allied health professionals, has recently updated online continuing education (CE) courses from its Ethics category, an oft required CE topic for state license renewal. The 2 courses recently updated are, Ethics in the Public Health Context and Principles of Bioethics in Practice. The updates to these online CE courses represent advances in the field of health psychology and behavioral medicine and HFO's ongoing commitment to providing state-of-the science, theory- and evidence-based continuing education to mental health professionals. HFO’s over 80 online CE courses are fast, convenient and especially cost-effective. In addition, customers have continued free access to these updates beyond completion of the CE activity; making HFO’s online CE/CEU courses true investments in one’s continuing education.

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Given the complexity of our every changing health care system, licensed health care providers need to be kept informed of guidelines with respect to the ethical care of patients. These same professionals are often pressed for time.

HealthForumOnline (HFO), an online provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, PSNA, CA-BBS) continuing education (CE) for psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals, announces updates to 2 courses in their Ethics category. The courses recently updated include, Ethics in the Public Health Context and Principles of Bioethics in Practice.

It is increasingly apparent that a health care institution’s ability to examine moral conflicts and maintain a framework for the resolution of moral dilemmas is an essential integrated part of quality assurance and improvement in health care. However, on the individual level, while healthcare professionals are aware of their ethical obligations towards their individual patients, their involvement in the public health system may be less apparent. In fact, practitioners are affected daily by public health policy and must occasionally practice in deference to the public health goals of the State, even if this means disregarding the individual rights of the patient. In addition, many healthcare professionals have a limited or, at best, peripheral understanding of the subject of bioethics although they may encounter bioethical dilemmas in the treatment of patients at the end-of-life or religious patients. It is increasingly important for healthcare professionals to have a strong foundation in bioethics as medical technology advances rapidly (e.g., imaging, genetic testing, organ transplant, fertility treatment), because with these advances come more complex ethical questions.

The state-of-the-science course content in Ethics in the Public Health Context and Principles of Bioethics in Practice will assist mental healthcare providers and allied health care professionals in navigating emerging issues in ethical patient care. In particular, public health ethics dovetails with the field of biomedical ethics and differs in some important ways from traditional medicine. Biomedical ethics is a branch of applied ethics that relates to medicine and biology and frequently involves an examination of 1:1 interactions between professional and patient. Bioethical frameworks attempt to provide guidance in situations where competing systems affect the patient’s medical decisions. On the other hand, public health ethics is concerned specifically with the health and well-being of populations. Public health’s focus on populations and the medical needs of large numbers of people means that resource allocation -- the distribution of scarce resources -- becomes a primary issue to consider. While some argue that public health has a responsibility towards individual rights, others see public health and medical ethics as diametrically opposed to each other.

“Given the complexity of our every changing health care system, more and more licensed health care providers need to be kept informed of guidelines with respect to the ethical care of patients. The reality is that these same professionals are often pressed for time”, said Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, Director of HealthForumOnline’s Continuing Education (CE) Program. These recently updated online Ethics CE courses, along with the 8 other online Ethics courses available in our CE library, make it simple for busy licensed mental health and allied health care professionals to complete required Ethics continuing education credits online at their own pace and on their own schedule. Further, once the CE course is completed, health professionals have free ongoing access to course updates that keep them the state-of-the-science research findings.

Interested psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses and other allied health professionals can also chose from HFO’s 17 other topic categories containing over 80 online continuing education courses -- all convenient, cost-effective, and theory- and evidence-based. Participants access and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere there is Internet access. Completed CE courses can be revisited to review course updates and certificates reprinted at any time.

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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