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Law & Ethics of Lethality & Mandatory Reporting (2017)  

For many clinicians, client lethality and mandatory reporting are some of the most difficult aspects of working in the mental health profession. In this workshop we will examine the applicable Washington State and Federal laws regarding mandatory reporting obligations. We will also discuss the boundaries and standards of clinician liability for client harm to self or others (the Tarasoff rule). Participants will gain increased ability to implement strategies to minimize risk and to limit liability to best support their veteran clients. This course is intended to meet ethics CEU requirements.

Training for Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals: This half-day workshop is open to professionals with mental and behavioral health-related graduate degrees (e.g., MSW, MA, MS, MSN), physicians, dentists, and psychologists (e.g., AMA, ADA, APA), and those professionals who are qualified for membership in, or are members of their respective professional organizations. Graduate students in an accredited mental or behavioral health program may also participate in this training.

Trainer: Eric Strom, JD, MA. LMHC


  • Understand the Washington state legal standards regarding duty to warn/duty to protect
  • Understand the legal and ethical standards regarding mandatory reporting obligations
  • Explore strategies to minimize clinician liability for client harm to self and others

Location: Shoreline Conference Center 18560 1st Ave NE Shoreline, WA 98155

Cost: FREE

Cancellation requests for this workshop sent within three days of the event will be subject to a $20 administrative fee. Please note that if you register and do not attend, you are still liable for the administrative fee. Non-payment of the cancellation fee will result in the loss of workshop privileges (i.e. participant will be unable to register for future VTSC events).

Parking: Ample parking in parking lot; closest to the Senior Center.

Free CEUs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education Units. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.

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