Ethics and Advocacy: Preparing Christians in Mental Health Practice (With CE’s) Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Ethics and Advocacy: Preparing Christians in Mental Health Practice (With CE’s) Tuesday, October 11, 2022


*Webinars MUST be watched LIVE to receive CE Credit


Ethics and Advocacy: Preparing Christians in Mental Health Practice 

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022 

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.  

Dr. Shannae Anderson is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years in practice. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied under renowned trauma expert Dr. John Briere and distinguished substance abuse researcher Dr. Michael Newcomb. In her clinical work she has worked closely with survivors of the Las Vegas Route 91 and Borderline mass shootings. She also provides professional consultation to other therapists who seek her clinical expertise. Dr. Anderson also studied for many years under Dr. Dan Siegel, the founder of Interpersonal Neurobiology. She is an Interpersonal Neurobiology trained teacher and founder of the Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS). In addition, she is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

 Rachel Csutoros serves as legal counsel for the Center for Conscience Initiatives with Alliance Defending Freedom. She focuses on protecting the conscience rights of individuals forced to compromise their beliefs under threat of fines and punishment. Csutoros joined ADF in 2019 as a litigation fellow and worked on the Life, Legislative Advocacy, Center for Christian Ministries, and Center for Conscience Initiatives teams. Csutoros earned her J.D. from William and Mary Law School in 2019. She obtained her B.A., in political science, from the University of Florida in 2015. She is a member of bar in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Virginia. 


When culture begins to change, professional laws and ethics can also start to change as an accommodation. This causes multiple problems since the ethical codes are not created on a firm foundation but one dictated by cultural movements. This Webinar is designed to help licensed mental health professionals reason with others in their field about the changes in ethics due to cultural transformations. In this Webinar, three panelists will use other countries as examples to explain the inherent issues with secular ethical codes being changed due to cultural influence. Additionally, they will discuss the importance of using an ethical code that has a firm foundation and will not drastically change over time and how mental health providers can protect themselves from future changes to ethical codes. The panelists will also engage in a question and answer time for participants about specific issues pertaining to ethics and advocacy for mental health professionals. 


Learning Objectives 

Participants will: 

  1. Outline changes and outcomes in the ethics codes and best practice documents that have occurred due to cultural transformation
  2. Identify ethical codes that have not changed over time, even with cultural debates or pressure 
  3. Discuss how licensed mental health professionals can take steps to protect themselves and their clients from cultural changes to ethics 


Continuing Education 

Approved for 2.0 ASWB and IBCC CE Credits 


The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) offers some psychologists, therapists, counselors, social workers, and play therapists Continuing Education (CE) credit due to good standing with certain states and a limited number of professional organizations. It remains the responsibility of each participant to be aware of state licensure and CE requirements. Participants should check their state and/or local regulations regarding required Continuing Education hours. For more information on Light University Continuing Education programs, please visit  


*Webinars MUST be watched LIVE to receive CE Credit.