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Law and Ethics for Mental Health Workers: Dancing with the Risks

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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This six-hour workshop in law, ethics and regulation for California mental health professionals focuses on three of the four most frequent causes for actions against mental health professionals nationwide. Since the 2010-2011 law/ethics/regulation workshop focused primarily on boundary violations, this 2012-2013 workshop focuses on incompetence, criminal convictions, and cases involving high conflict custody problems.

The workshop emphasizes awareness and management of risk factors in the major areas of high risk practice and will include the following topics:

- The top four high risk areas of practice

- Examples of “substantial relationship” laws

- Characteristics of an “apology”

- Types of threats that occur between professional and patient/client

- Problem areas for high conflict custody cases

Workshop hours will be from 9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch on your own).  Check-in will begin at 8:30am

About the Presenter

A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP (Clinical and Forensic), is founding President and Curriculum Director of the Steve Frankel Group (SFG). He is a Clinical Psychologist and an Attorney at Law, and is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. He then joined the full-time faculty of the University of Southern California, where he served for eleven years, including five years as the Chair of Clinical Psychology (Director of Clinical Training). Although he is no longer full-time, he remains a Clinical Professor of Psychology at USC. After leaving full-time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in- and outpatient responsibilities.

Continuing Education

Meets requirements for 6 hours of  MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCS, RNs and Psychologist's CEUs.

This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEPs), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families; Provider 2522).

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15108, for 6 Contact hours.

Casa Pacifica is  approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Register at or 805-445-7800


Accessibility Requests

If you require assistance due to disability or other special needs, please let us know in advance so that reasonable accommodations may be made.


Have questions about Law and Ethics for Mental Health Workers: Dancing with the Risks? Contact Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

When & Where

975 Flynn Rd
Camarillo, 93012

Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is one of the largest providers of mental health services for children and families on California’s central coast. We serve over 430 families daily, many of whom have faced abuse and neglect, severe emotional disturbances, mental health challenges, multiple out-of-home placements, and a variety of other challenges.

Our campus and community services include: Emergency Shelter, Residential Treatment, Non-Public School, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Health Services Clinic, Therapeutic Behavioral Services/Intensive Behavioral Services, Wraparound, and Emergency Crisis Response.

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