Professional Ethics and Evidence-Based Treatment Methods

Presented and developed by Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC

Ethics trainings give us a chance to step away from the daily grind and think about the larger issues that shape our world and the human experience.

Evidence-based treatment (EBT) is a major element shaping clinical practice today. Clients may ask for a particular treatment that was recommended. Funding sources may mandate their use. Health insurers may prefer a strictly defined benefit. Academics create EBT’s and study their effectiveness, revising them as needed. Findings are published in a “publish or perish” world, and new revenue streams are created. Therapists need to be trained in their use and for some, monitored in their fidelity to the “protocol” by the research group.  There are many stakeholders involved in EBT.

EBT holds benefit for some clients and less for others.  It raises interesting ethical questions.  In this training, we will explore the ethical issues related to

  • Informed consent and the client’s right to choose.
  •  The potential impact of different stakeholders and the clinician’s ethical responsibility to the client’s needs.
  • Client autonomy and clinical decision-making in an EBT world.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

6 Law and Ethics CEs

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC, specializes in working with giftedness and treating addictions, depression, Axis II diagnoses and physical and sexual abuse.  She has been in private practice for close to thirty years in Seattle.  She taught in a graduate psychology program for many years and now enjoys teaching professionals via continuing education offerings.  She writes and trains nationally on topics related to high IQ adult and adolescents.  Until recently Lisa was clinical director at a Native American behavioral health program for children and youth where she learned that special population consults can never replace the therapeutic value of culturally specific services.

Lisa has been a past president of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, Seattle Counselors Association, and Co-chair of the DOH advisory Committee for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.  She has been training others in Clinical Supervision for many year and was part of the group that proposed the initial language for the Approved Supervisor WAC.

Lisa has been a presenter for Cascadia Training for over 10 year now.

For more information about Lisa, visit her website:

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