Ethics Training

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 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 much more.

Ethical and Legal Considerations When Counseling Teens is a full day workshop that meets the licensure requirements for mental health professionals in Washington state. It’s typically scheduled 9:00am to 4:30pm, with an hour lunch and two fifteen minute breaks, for a total of 6 clock hours of training.  For more details or to schedule a presentation, contact me.