For behavioral health providers, the effectiveness of clinical work is dependent upon the clinician/client relationship. When appropriate boundaries are not maintained, it is these same relationships that can be at the root of serious professional misconduct. In this one hour workshop, participants will be provided with a summary overview of the legal ethical standards regarding non-clinical relationships with behavioral health clients. We will then apply these standards to discussion of scenarios and real-world examples. The focus will be dedicated to applying legal and standards from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Summarize state laws regarding non-clinical relationships with clients
Summarize ethics code standards regarding non-clinical relationships with clients
Apply legal and ethical standards to the analysis of a range of client/clinician relationships
Eric Ström, JD, PhD, LMHC, attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s clinical practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans as well as providing supervision and consultation to other clinicians. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.
This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information.