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Digital Seminar

Ethics: Necessary and Essential Information for Mental Health and Related Healthcare Professionals

Lee Anne Wichmann, MA, LMFT |  Teresa Kintigh, LMFT
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Mar 12, 2020
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Ethical issues pose some of the most challenging questions mental health professionals face every day; and the questions change with each advancement in technology and each new piece of legislation – bringing a constant barrage of vexing ethical dilemmas.

This recording will help you sort out facts from fiction, ethical issues from legal issues, and their application in your practice. You will gain an understanding and an appreciation for the purpose and practice of ethical standards, and learn how to decrease your risk of being drawn into an ethical or legal issue.

The core realities of value-based and value-laden approaches to mental health care pivot on ethics. The personal values, principles, and standards of clinicians define their practices. The approaches, clinician orientations, and philosophies of clinicians must remain within ethical boundaries.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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LeeAnne Wichmann, MA, LMFT, has been in clinical practice for 26 years. She has taught various classes in a graduate Couples and Family Therapy Program, and has presented at many national and regional conferences in the areas of professional ethics, domestic violence, attachment, and testifying as an expert witness in court. In addition to providing professional ethics training, Ms. Wichmann’s 20 years as a clinical supervisor has emphasized the development of an ethical practice, and the need to know the laws related to practice.

Ms. Wichmann served on the Oregon Board for Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists for five years. In reviewing consumer complaints against clinicians, she gained much insight into common ethical violations, and often what led to those violations. Ms. Wichmann is a Clinical Fellow and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: LeeAnne Wichmann has an employment relationship with Eugene Solutions, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. LeeAnne has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: LeeAnne Wichmann is a member of the Lane County Mental Health Advisory/ Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee.


Teresa Kintigh, LMFT Related seminars and products

Solutions Therapy, Consulting and Training

Teresa Kintigh, LMFT, has been in clinical practice for 16 years. She has been a frequent lecturer in the areas of child and family therapy. Ms. Kintigh has presented at national and regional conferences in the areas of attachment and testifying in court as an expert witness. She is a Clinical Fellow and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In her role as a clinical supervisor, Ms. Kintigh has gained great insight into the importance of knowing and understanding the ethics and laws related to mental health treatment.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Teresa Kintigh is the co-founder of Solutions Therapy, Consulting, and Training. She works as a consultant and receives compensation. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Teresa Kintigh has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Explain how ethics defines mental health clinicians and affect their practice.
  2. Identify methods to incorporate ethical standards with clinicians’ values, principles, and counselling philosophy.
  3. Discover how to avoid ethical violations and ethical dilemmas, relational boundary misinterpretations, and power differentiation.
  4. Summarize the important processes needed to protect all parties through appropriate, necessary, and ethical precautions.
  5. Distinguish maintaining professional boundaries while still promoting positive clinical relationships.
  6. Discuss the ethical requirement for cultural competence and social diversity and its relevance to all practices.


Ethics: Introduction and History
  • Ethical Codes and Relevant Laws
  • Ethics Differs from the Law
  • Moral Principles
  • Law, Ethics, and Practice
It’s A Unique Profession
  • Vulnerable Clients
  • Therapeutic Challenges
  • Ethical Concerns
  • Technology and Practice
  • Crossings vs. Violations
  • Cultural Competencies
  • Issues of Impairment



  • Expectations
  • Principles
  • Exceptions
Informed Consent
  • The Essence of Informed Consent
  • Checking the Validity of Consent
Ethics and Clinical Practice
  • Clinicians and Interventions
  • The Counseling Relationship
  • Assessments, Diagnoses, and Treatment Planning
  • More than One Person in Session
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Dual/Multiple Relationships

Ethical Principles

Ethical Decisions

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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