Registration for CEUs

Beyond Ethics, LLC will be offering

3.0 Ethics CEUs in Louisiana in November


3.0 Ethics CPDs in Colorado in October

Look forward to seeing you for fun learning about Ethics this year.

Cost: $75 for one 3-hour workshop



Email address for confirmation
Name & Mental Health Discipline


To register by mail:
Send your check made payable to Beyond Ethics, LLC to

83 Pomeroy Terrace
Northampton, MA 01060
Please provide the following information to complete your registration:

EMAIL (mandatory – materials will be sent via email)
DISCIPLINE (e.g., LCSW, LPC, etc.)

If all 3 are not included with your check, you will NOT be registered for the workshop.

Louisiana Trainings:


East Jefferson General Hospital Conference Center:

1st Floor of Main Hospital – Esplanade 3
4200 Houma Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
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FREE Parking in Hudson Garage on 5th floor and above


November 2nd, 2018

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In order to have materials emailed to you prior to the seminar, payment and registration info must be received via email or mail by October 29th

Description of Workshop:

Ethical Management of Legal Involvement: Authentic Use of Therapist’s Self

In this age of increasing litigation, clinicians are frequently drawn into the legal battles of their clients through subpoenas for records, depositions and/or trial testimony. Additionally, clinicians may find themselves treating high-risk clients who present many risks for licensing board Complaints (e.g., demands for their records; suicide ideation or attempts; violence against others; etc.)

Deb’s focus in her mental health trainings is to help therapists practice in a more self-protective manner, especially with high-risk cases that involve clients’ demands for records or high-risk behavior and/or legal involvement. Such self-protective practices do not detract from clinical excellence, but rather will augment your work with clients.

Deb presents not only the necessary legal aspects in her trainings, but also incorporates clinical strategies gleaned from her extensive experience as a private practitioner (LCSW) and an instructor at Tulane University School of Social Work and Denver University Graduate School of Social Work. Deb skillfully blends her clinical experience with her legal knowledge of defending mental health professionals in licensing board complaints/grievances. Deb includes numerous case examples in her workshops from her years of mental health defense situations.

Deb will present the pertinent rules and regulations governing ethical clinical practice, including confidentiality, dual relationships and ethical rendering of clinical services. She will explore how legal involvement can present challenges to the therapeutic relationship and how to avoid many of these pitfalls to protect the therapeutic relationship and guard clients’ confidentiality. Deb will teach participants specific steps for responding to subpoenas that compel release of clients’ clinical records. Finally, Deb will help participants learn how to prepare for litigation events such as depositions and trial testifying.

  • Understanding & Defining Terms: Ethical Clinical Practice
    • Client Confidentiality
    • Dual Relationships
    • Ethical Rendering of Clinical Services
  • Understanding How Legal Involvement May Effect Therapeutic Relationship
    • Adversarial Events with Client(s) Present
    • Twisting of Therapeutic Information with Client(s) Present
    • Therapist Being Forced to Make Statements about Client(s) that are not Positive
  • Understanding How to Maintain the Therapist’s Authentic Self in the Midst of Legal Drama
    • Role-play Deposition/Trial Questioning to Learn Effective Ways to Respond
    • Understand How to Prepare Self and Client(s) for Adversarial Litigation Events
  • Responding to Subpoenas for Clients’ Records and Deposition/Trial Testimony of Therapist
    • Steps for Ethically Responding to Subpoenas
    • Resisting Production of Confidential Material if Client Refuses to Authorize Release

Colorado Trainings:


Colorado Executive Club
1776 S. Jackson Street
Conference Room B (basement)
Denver, Colorado 80210


October 12th, 2018

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Description of Workshop:

Authentic Use of Self in Legal Involvement


Meet the Trainer:

Deb Henson is a LCSW (Tulane School of Social Work, MSW) and lawyer in private practice in Louisiana and Colorado, specializing in mental health law and licensing defense. She represents clinicians and lawyers in licensing board complaints and consults with practitioners to help them avoid such complaints. Deb meets with clinicians regularly to assist them upon receipt of subpoenas or to develop clinical strategies for risk prevention with cases that are becoming anxiety-producing to the clinician. Deb previously maintained a clinical practice in Denver and New Orleans. She also taught in both Tulane University School of Social Work and the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work as an Adjunct Faculty. Deb will be obtaining her LICSW in Massachusetts soon and will be opening a clinical private practice in Northampton, MA later this year.

Deb has been conducting full-day seminars on “Avoiding Ethics Complaints and Malpractice Lawsuits” or “Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice” around the country through PESI, Inc. for over 7 years and presenting for many CEU groups locally. She also has lectured for Tulane School of Social Work and the University of Texas School of Social Work (Austin) and many other clinical and counseling groups. Deb started her own training biz – Beyond Ethics, LLC – in 2009.

Deb can be reached through her training web site: or her law and social work web site: She can also be emailed at [email protected] or [email protected].

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