Heaven Forbid! What to do if you are Served or Have to Testify

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

Receiving a subpoena and/or being required to testify in a deposition or in court can be a rattling experience. A lot of counselors are unclear as to what their responsibilities may be. Do they respond to a subpoena?? (Spoiler Alert: The answer is: YES.) Do they give the person writing the subpoena what they want? (Spoiler Alert: The answer is: Maybe, maybe not. It depends.) This interactive workshop is designed to help attendees understand what it means to receive a subpoena, what is required for response and, if a court appearance is required, how to listen to questions and respond to them within the proper scope of clinical practice.

To understand how to respond to a subpoena, observing both the law and ethical codes.

  • Attendees will have an overview of rules and exceptions regarding the subpoena of healthcare and mental health records.
  • Attendees will have an overview of rules and cases regarding disclosure of client records.
  • Attendees will have an overview of how to respond to a subpoena without crossing or blurring professional boundaries.

To have a comprehensive overview of issues to consider if asked to testify in court (or deposition)

  • Attendees will come away with an understanding of reasons they may not have to testify at deposition or in court.
  • Attendees will have an overview of the differences between acting as a fact witness and an expert witness.
  • Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to conduct themselves in court if they must testify.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

6 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.

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Shoreline Center , Shoreline, WA
Room:     Cromwell room
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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