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001 | Mental Health, Faith, and Ethics: Current Challenges and Issues

Preconference Workshops


David Jenkins Psy.D., and Rachel Rouleau, Esq.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




In recent years, Christian mental health and medical professionals, as well as students in the field, have faced continued challenges and complex situations requiring careful consideration and balance of ethical issues, faith, and law. This workshop reviews the 2023 AACC Code of Ethics update and addresses key legal and ethical issues, challenges, and trends for Christian mental health and medical professionals. The 2023 AACC Code of Ethics will be highlighted in discussing the Christian mental health professional’s ethical decision-making process. Applications of ethical decision-making components are made through case reviews 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 mental health coaches. In reviewing the Code, this session identifies challenges in its implementation and provides direction for ethical counseling practice using a case study approach.

Learning Objectives

Evaluate the applicability of the 2023 AACC Code of Ethics to current developments and issues for psychologists, other licensed mental health practitioners, students, pastoral counselors, and coaches 
Identify and apply, through case review, ethical Christian counseling practices to help attendees competently navigate challenges and issues in current mental health practice, law, and public policy 
Analyze ethical situations that may lead to legal complications so professionals and students can seek additional advice on how to proceed best