The Nuts ‘N Bolts of the Ethics Committee Process for Decision-Making

This training builds upon the conference opening panel discussion regarding the ethics process subsequent to a formal ethics complaint. As such, we will replicate the ethics case review process through a series of role plays wherein you, the participants, get to be the decision-makers in the final determination as to the worthiness of the complaint as well as any appropriate sanctions to be imposed upon the certified individual in question. We’ll use a series of case examples, both straight-forward and a few with some complex nuances, as a means of providing participants with the experience of thinking through the review and decision-making process. So brush up on your ethics code and bring your thinking cap to what promises to be an intense thought-provoking three hours. This training can be used as fulfillment of requirements for ongoing ethics training.



  • Articulate the criteria for a valid ethics complaint.
  • Explain the key elements utilized in the ethics decision-making process.
  • Verbalize how the ethics process relates to the core mission of PCB.
  • Readily utilize the PCB Code of Ethics as supporting documentation in the ethics decision-making process.
Mental Health (MH)
Substance Used Disorder (SUD)


Thomas M. Baier, MHS, LPC, CADC, CCS

Tom Baier is a consultant, trainer and clinical supervisor. He serves as adjunct faculty for Drexel University College of Nursing & Health professions in the behavioral health tract and, for ten years, was Program Coordinator Villanova University Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Mr. Baier is the past president of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) where he continues to serve on the board of directors and is a member of PCB education and committee and ethics committees. For 4 years Tom served as the Pennsylvania delegate to the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the co-chair for the clinical supervision credential committee. Tom is a recipient of the Lorraine Hinkle Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the field of drug and alcohol treatment awarded by Villanova University and holds a Master’s degree in Human Services (MHS), is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and holds PA State Certificates as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS).