Ethics Trainings

I offer two ethics trainings. Each training provides six ethics-specific CEUs, which meets Washington state’s biennial licensing requirements for mental health professionals and exceeds Washington state’s biennial credentialing requirements for substance use disorders professionals.

  • Ethical and Legal Considerations When Counseling Teens
  • Danger to Self or Others

Descriptions can be found below. These trainings are generally scheduled 9:00am to 4:30pm, with an hour lunch and two 15-minute breaks. For more details or to schedule a presentation, contact me today.

Counseling teens can present a variety of unique ethical and legal considerations – from navigating informed consent requirements, to defining what “imminent harm” actually means, to balancing best practices and client willingness.

This can be especially challenging here in Washington state, where laws about confidentiality and related treatment issues places the age of consent for counseling at 13 years old — at least in most cases. That’s why this workshop focuses specifically on the unique ethical and legal challenges faced by therapists who work with teens.

We’ll start this highly interactive workshop by reviewing state laws covering confidentiality and consent when counseling teens. Next, we’ll explore HB1874, which went into effect in 2019. Then we’ll examine a variety of practical considerations related to Washington’s age of consent, ethical issues when working with mandated teens, and more.

Concerns related to imminent danger are on the increase among teens. This was true before the pandemic and is more overt now. Unfortunately, many therapists have little or no training on addressing these concerns—especially when it comes to homicidal or violent ideation. That’s why this workshop focuses specifically on the unique ethical and legal challenges when counseling teens reporting danger to self or others

We’ll start this highly interactive workshop by reviewing confidentiality and consent when counseling teens, identifying relevant laws, and defining what terms like imminent danger actually mean. With this important foundation in place, we’ll further explore ethical considerations that arise when teen clients report danger to self—including suicidality, self-harm, and other higher-risk behaviors.

Next, we’ll consider danger to others. Studies show that homicidal ideation is quite common among adolescents, especially teens with mental health concerns. Yet, this topic is nearly ignored in training programs and frequently avoided therapy. we’ll examine relevant laws, explore the difference between ideation and intent, andspend time focusing on practical strategies for effectively addressing homicidal ideation among teens.

Throughout the day, we’ll explore the difference between actual risk and our own personal discomfort, exercise our “ethics muscles” by discussing several case studies, and more.