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Friday, October 25, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Doing the Right Thing: Managing Ethical Issues in Clinical Work with Families and Children Oct 22, 2019 Free  

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Doing the Right Thing: Managing Ethical Issues in Clinical Work with Families and Children

A training with Tala Ghantous, LCSW

Provided by Family Paths (CEU Provider #62239 thru CAMFT CEPA) in conjunction with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and Alameda County through Title IV-E Funding. This training is geared towards clinicians working with children, youth and families involved with CFS or probation in Alameda County.  This workshop is available to you free of charge.


Training Description:  

Through the use of PowerPoint presentation, interactive exercises, video clips, and vignettes, this seminar will focus on learning to manage ethical and legal challenges. This seminar will focus on the knowledge and understanding of how ethics and boundaries impact families and how providers serving young children families can navigate these challenges particularly the gray areas. Participants will learn how to use a specific framework to help them identify and consider the ethical and legal dilemmas and potential conflicts of interest. This session can be used towards licensing requirements for LMFT, LCSW, or LPCC.


The Trainer: 

Tala Ghantous is a licensed clinical social worker who lives and works in Oakland. She has worked as an infant and early childhood mental health clinician since 2003 and continues to support the field as a home visiting clinician and as a consultant and trainer on the foundations of infant and early childhood mental health. As an immigrant to the U.S., Tala has a special interest in multi-cultural parenting practices and attachment and provides mental health services to Arabic speaking families in Alameda county. Tala is a mom to two young children and enjoys seeing the world through their eyes. Her favorite game is hide and seek and she loves to swim and dance with her kids.



Participants will be able to…

1. Give 3 examples of ethical dilemmas in their work with children and families.

2. Name 2 tools to assist in ethical decision making and interventions.

3. Summarize how to set appropriate boundaries in professional settings.

4. Describe how cultural beliefs and values of families impact ethical issues.

5. Identify at least 6 legal mandates that are necessary in mental health treatment settings.




This training meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Family Paths is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #62239) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Family Paths maintains responsibility for this course and its content.  Two 15 minute breaks and one half hour lunch is not included in the total CEU time awarded. CEUs will be awarded in person at the end of the training. We will be unable to provide attendees with certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of course content is missed.



  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.Review of Agenda / Opening Activity

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.PowerPoint Presentation
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  PowerPoint Presentation and Group Activity
  • 12:00 -12:30p.m.Lunch
  • 12:30-1:00 p.m.Group Activity: Share with a partner one ethical dilemma you have dealt with in your work?
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.Vignettes and Role Play: Managing Ethical and Legal Dilemmas
  • 2:30 -2:45 p.m.Break
  • 2:45-4:00 Group Activity and Closing / Questions and Evaluations



Please note this training will be at our Oakland downtown offices and unfortunately we do not have parking available. Options include:  There is 2 hour meter parking around the building. There are also multiple $7 lots in the area. These usually require cash. In addition we are located walking distance from 19th street BART station.  And if you are open to a little walk, there is free parking across the freeway on 18th street. Please allocate enough time to find parking in the area. Here's the parking map for around our office:


Disability Accommodation:

Family Paths will make reasonable efforts during the training to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this training, please contact the Clinical Training Coordinator no later than 5 days before the training. This building where the training takes place is wheelchair accessible and has disabled parking available.

Please Note:

Please send any requests for accommodations for disability or any questions to

Cancellation Policy: 

We do not charge for our trainings at present and space is limited. If you cannot attend we ask that you contact us as soon as possible in order to open up that seat to someone else. Contact us at If a training is cancelled, participants are notified via email no later than one week prior to the training if possible.  If a trainer has an emergency and notifies the training department in less than week, those registered for the training are notified as soon as possible.  Training registrants are provided the makeup date that is scheduled for the training.


Training Grievance Policy: 

Family Paths is committed to providing a work/learning environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  A participant of trainings has the right to seek a remedy for a dispute or disagreement through Family Path’s policies for filing complaints/grievances for participants.  Training participants may use available informal means to have decisions reconsidered before filing a formal complaint/grievance. No retaliation of any kind shall be taken against a participant for filing a complaint/grievance. In an effort to provide the highest quality services to participants in our trainings, you are encouraged to report immediately any concerns regarding your training experience to the Clinical Training Coordinator who will provide the complaint form.  All participant complaints/grievances should be in writing (which may be in your own language) to the Clinical Training Coordinator, Family Paths, 1727 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite #109 Oakland, CA 94612or by email to Once a complaint or grievance has been submitted, you can expect a response no later than ten (10) business days.  Upon receipt the Clinical Training Coordinator will conduct a formal review of the complaint/grievance and will attempt a timely resolution, taking appropriate corrective action if warranted by the investigation. If no resolution is forthcoming, or the problem is not satisfactorily resolved, the participant may direct any complaint/grievance to the Program Administrator, Family Paths’ Clinical Director.

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1727 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Oakland, CA 94612

Friday, October 25, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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Family Paths

Family Paths, Inc. (formerly Parental Stress Service) is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families.

 We are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability.

 We were founded as a volunteer-run 24-hour parent support hotline in 1972, and today we serve the mental health needs of children and families from offices in Oakland and Hayward. These services include a 24-hour Parent Support & Resource Hotline providing referrals to our counseling services and access to over 900 community resources from our vast database, a Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes, and Family Yoga. We provide counseling for children, adolescents, parents and caregivers, and families.

Our Mission:

Family Paths strengthens family relationships
by providing mental health treatment and supportive services
with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope.

Our Vision:

A safe home for every child.

Our Values:

Respect in our communications.
Integrity in our actions.
Compassion for our struggles.
Hope for the future.


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