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, JD, MSW, is an attorney with a background in Social Work and psychiatric research. She worked for nearly 20 years as a mental health diagnostician and clinician in agency, research and private practice.  Living in Seattle, she is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the Departments of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, and was formerly on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry.  Research publications, abstracts, and presentations reflect her work in Mood and Personality Disorders including Narcissism and Psychopathy. 

Now an attorney, Fran works with mental health provider DOH Licensees of all disciplines who have received subpoenas, have to testify, or who have DOH complaints against them.  She also provides consultation on ethical and practice clallenges that put counselors at risk for DOH Complaints.  She 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 in MYC and a Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of New Hampshire.  She holds Washington State licensure as both an attorney and LICSW. 

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