Are you in an independent practice? There are topics you need to know about that you have not learned yet!

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

Even if you graduated from a Master’s program, have worked at an agency, or have already been in practice for years, you may not have learned about an array of topics that are critical to good practice. Do you know about the difference between confidentiality and privilege? Whether a therapist should make a custody recommendation? How dual roles can endanger your practice? How recordkeeping can be your new best friend?


This workshop is designed to be an interactive introduction to general practice issues, and will empower you by learning how to protect yourself as you help your clients live better lives.


Goals and Objectives:

1.     Confidentiality and Privilege: To provide an overview of the differences between confidentiality and privilege, as well as the legal implications of each. Attendees should come away with the ability to articulate which applies to them, and which to clients, and how each is exercised.

2.     Dual roles: To provide an overview of how dual roles can affect practice. Attendees should have an understanding of the subtle ways counselors are asked to engage in dual roles that they should not perform. We will also examine what some Codes of Ethics have to say on the topic.

3.     Recordkeeping: To provide an overview of the role ethical recordkeeping can play in practice. Attendees should be able to identify ways in which recordkeeping can be written with accuracy to ensure good practice.


Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 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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