When Counseling and Family Law Collide: An Ethics workshop

Presented and developed by Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW

The location for this workshop is Tacoma.  Unfortunately the brochure listed the location as Shoreline.

This all-day interactive presentation will focus on ethical and risk management issues common to many mental health therapists, counselors, social workers in agency, hospital, and clinical practice.  The presenter will help attendees understand the basics of family law issues relevant to therapists, counselors, social workers and to understand how to spot the kinds of problems that may arise when treating family members involved in-or who may be headed toward-divorce and custody decisions.  During the workshop we will discuss informed consent as a risk management tool and how Washington State defines unprofessional conduct.  We will also discuss identifying ways to testify in court that aim to keep the therapeutic relationship intact.  This workshop is designed to engage attendees in discussion to help them feel more confident in facing the many challenges we encounter in daily practice.  This workshop will not cover HIPAA.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Confidentiality and Privilege:  To provide a comprehensive overview of confidentiality and privilege-what they are, how they differ, why they matter, and how to honor them.  Attendees learn how confidentiality and privilege are pertinent to mental health practice, understand how the issues may arise, and ways to address them.

2. Disclosure Forms:  To provide a comprehensive overview of the legal requirements of the disclosure form and informed consent, discussing purpose, function, and utility.  Participants will learn the requirements so that they can review and edit their own disclosure statements for compliance.

3. Family Law and Custody:  To provide a comprehensive overview of relevant family law (aka divorce) and custody issues.  Participants will learn ways to respond to requests for advocacy, collateral attendance, joint counseling, and custody.

4. Unprofessional Conduct:  To provide a comprehensive overview of the Washington State statute on unprofessional conduct.  Attendees learn about the pitfalls that can lead to (the perception of) unprofessional conduct and how to avoid them.

5. Testifying in Court:  To provide a comprehensive overview of things to consider if asked to testify in court, including the differences between acting as a fact witness and an expert witness.  Participants will learn about how to avoid testifying, testifying safely, and preserving the therapeutic relationship.


Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

6 Law and Ethics CEs

 Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575.)   and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop.

Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW

Frances Shopick, has worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice.  She is on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (fka the Mount Sinai School of Medicine) in New York City in the Departments of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, and was formerly on the faulty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Research publications, abstracts, and presentation reflect her work in Mood and Personality Disorders.  More recently, she has investigated high conflict custody issues as an evaluator for Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and is trained as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL).  As an attorney, her focus is on Family Law dissolutions (divorces) and helping counselors with ethical challenges that put them at risk for DOH complaints.  Ms. Schopick has presented to the Washington State NASW on Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice, Washington State Superior Court Judges' and Administrators' (SCJA) 2013 Spring Conference and the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Counsel on mental health issues.  Ms. Schopick completed her BA at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.  She holds Washington licensure as both an attorney and LICSW.

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