Are you in an independent practice? There are topics you need to know about that you have not learned yet!

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

Even if you graduated from a Master’s program, have worked at an agency, or have already been in practice for years, you may not have learned about an array of topics that are critical to good practice. Do you know about the difference between confidentiality and privilege? Whether a therapist should make a custody recommendation? How dual roles can endanger your practice? How recordkeeping can be your new best friend?


This workshop is designed to be an interactive introduction to general practice issues, and will empower you by learning how to protect yourself as you help your clients live better lives.


Goals and Objectives:

1.     Confidentiality and Privilege: To provide an overview of the differences between confidentiality and privilege, as well as the legal implications of each. Attendees should come away with the ability to articulate which applies to them, and which to clients, and how each is exercised.

2.     Dual roles: To provide an overview of how dual roles can affect practice. Attendees should have an understanding of the subtle ways counselors are asked to engage in dual roles that they should not perform. We will also examine what some Codes of Ethics have to say on the topic.

3.     Recordkeeping: To provide an overview of the role ethical recordkeeping can play in practice. Attendees should be able to identify ways in which recordkeeping can be written with accuracy to ensure good practice.


Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW

Frances Schopick, 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.

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, June 15th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Nile Event Center, Nile Golf Course, Mount Lake Terrace, WA
Room:     Red Room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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