Ethics, Professional Boundaries, and the Law

All mental health professional organizations have standards defining ethical practice. This workshop addresses the relationship between legislative and professional ethical and practice standards. We investigate the following legal principles in this context: informed consent, confidentiality, right to refuse treatment, provider conscience clauses, and dual agency (duty to protect, communications with third parties).

At a glance

What: Ethics, Professional Boundaries, and the Law

When: Mon, Sep 25, 9am-3pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: Early bird $175 Through Sep 15; $195 after | Lunch included

Continuing education credit: 6 hours (0.6 CEUs)

Instructor: David Mays

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Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more


Learning objectives

  • Define the basic components of informed consent, confidentiality, and the right to refuse treatment.
  • Discuss how conscience clauses may conflict with professional codes of ethics.
  • Describe the history of the duty to protect and Wisconsin law regarding a Tarasoff duty.
  • Examine your own risks of boundary crossings.
  • Demonstrate how to clearly ask for consultation when an ethical dilemma arises at work.