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Ethical and Legal Considerations when Counseling Teens
Presented and developed by David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP
Counseling teens can present a variety of unique ethical and legal considerations – from navigating informed consent requirements with resistant adolescents, to defining what “imminent harm” means from both legal and ethical perspectives, to balancing best practices with client willingness. This can be especially challenging here in Washington state, where laws about confidentiality and related treatment issues places the age of consent for counseling at 13 years old.
We will start this highly interactive workshop by revewing state laws covering confidentiality and consent when counseling teens. Then, we will explore a variety of practical considerations related to Washington’s age of consent, ethical issues when working with mandated teens, and the special challenges of working with highly resistant adoscents and their families.
Along the way, we will explore and apply the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics. If desired, substance abuse counselors will be provided an opportunity to utilize relevant sections of the NAADAC Code of Ethics.
Continuing Education (CE) Information
6 Law and Ethics CEs
David Flack, MA, LMHC, CDP
David Flack is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP), with additional credentials as a Child Mental Health Specialist and Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist. He is certified by the American Counseling Association to provide trainings related to the organization’s current Code of Ethics.
For twenty years, David has worked with individuals and families impacted by substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges – as a therapist, drug/alcohol counselor, and case manager. Currently in private practice, David works with teens and young adults addressing issues related to complex trauma and co-occurring disorders. Prior to entering private practice, he spent 15 years in community mental health agencies, primarily as an adolescent co-occurring disorders therapist.
In addition to his clinical work, David is an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator. He has regularly provided professional development and continuing education programs both regionally and nationally. He has also presented for non-profit agencies, county sponsored events, and over 100 times at international, national, and regional conferences -- including the American Counseling Association and Association of Experiential Education.