The Law and Ethics of Supervision: A Systematic Approach to Minimizing Supervisor Liability and Maximizing Supervisee Success



Presented and developed by Eric Strom, Attorney at Law, LMHC


Morning session:  9:00am-12:15pm

Providing supervision can be a rewarding addition to a clinical practice.  However, many clinicians are reluctant to become supervisors due to concerns about legal and ethical liability.  These concerns are often increased by a lack of accurate information about the actual risks of liability that supervisors face.

This 3-hour Law and Ethics and Supervision workshop will focus on the three sources of supervisor liability including protection of client confidentiality, mandatory reporting and the duty to warn/protect.   Participants will also learn about the legal and ethical standards with regard to supervision agreements.

Learning objectives will include:

  • Identifying the sources of significant liability in supervision;
  • Understanding the legal standards of client confidentiality in supervision;
  • Understanding the legal requirements of mandatory reporting in supervision;
  • Understanding the legal basis of the duty to warn/protect in supervision;
  • Creating effective strategies for creating a sound supervision agreement.

Afternoon session: 1:15pm-4:30pm

Providing supervision can be a rewarding addition to a clinical practice.  However, many clinicians are reluctant to become supervisors due to concerns about legal and ethical liability.  These concerns are often increased by a lack of accurate information about the actual risks of liability that supervisors face.

This 3-hour Law and Ethics and Supervision workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of the sources of liability in supervision so that participants can accurately assess the true risks of providing supervision services.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to gain experience in applying a systematic structured approach to supervision sessions and recordkeeping that effectively minimizes the risk of liability while maximizing beneficial outcomes.

Learn objectives will include:

  • Identifying the various types of supervisory relationships;
  • Understanding the legal and ethical regulations of supervision;
  • Understanding the different types of legal liability of supervision;
  • Identifying and minimizing the sources of significant liability in supervision;
  • Maximizing supervisor, supervisee, and client success through an innovative approach to supervision structure and documentation.



Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs

6 Law and Ethics and Supervision CEs


Eric Strom, Attorney at Law, LMHC


Eric Strom is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation and guidance to mental health professionals.  The focus of Eric's clinical practice is providing mental health counseling services to combat veterans.  Eric is currently serving as the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Eric has provided legal counsel to the US Naval medical facilities throughout the Western United States and the Pacific as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy JAG Corps Reserve.  Eric has taught a range of courses in professional ethics at a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Argosy University, Seattle University, and Edmonds Community College.

Eric graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit MI, attended the Hague Academy of International law in Hague, Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle, and is currently working towards his PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University.




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Note: 2-3 hour Law and Ethics workshops.  Sign up for both and save.Both sessions $159.00
Morning or afternoon only $90.00 ea.

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Shoreline Center , Shoreline, WA
Room:     Aurora Room-South End
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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