Don't Do it! How We Create Dual Roles Without Even Trying.

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

GOAL: To understand how therapists often unintentionally create dual roles that may harm clients.

It’s easier than you think to create a dual role without even realizing you’re doing it! Sometimes counselors create dual roles when they think they’re helping their clients – but the subtleties of practice can be complicated, and unintended consequences can result. This interactive workshop is designed to help counselors heighten understanding of their role as therapists as well as how to stay within scope of practice, so that they can avoid misunderstandings and dual roles that may result in complaints.


  • Attendees will learn how to identify who your client is (NB: This is not always as simple as it sounds.)
  • Attendees will learn how to identify proper boundaries for scope of practice.
  • Attendees will come away with an understanding of obstacles to preserving the therapeutic relationship.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Law and Ethics 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.

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