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These are live webinar courses.  In-person workshops will be identified. If you want to take them on demand, do not register here.

WMHCA Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting sara@wmhca.org at least 48 hours prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 48 hours of the workshop date. Please make sure you have the link 24 hours prior to the event starting.  

Upcoming events

    • 08/15/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
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    Description:

    Are you ready to launch your private practice?  Do you feel less than fully prepared by your graduate degree to become a practice owner?


    This 3-hour Law and Ethics Continuing Education Workshop was created for behavioral health providers just like you. Geared towards Graduate School students, Associate Clinicians, and those venturing into Private Practice, this workshop will provide a comprehensive discussion of a range of topics essential to launching a successful private practice. We will address crucial topics such as:


    • Washington state rules regarding fee splitting and referral compensation,
    • The legal distinctions between independent contracting and W2 employment,
    • The legal limitations of non-compete agreements,
    • The art of legally and ethically sound advertising and marketing of your clinical practice,
    • Planning for continuity of care and addressing "Professional Wills,"
    • Navigating the range of choices regarding business entity formation.


    Objectives:
    Participants will be able to:

    • Describe the key legal, ethical, and liability considerations regarding business formation;
    • Identify the key legal, ethical, and liability considerations when engaging with employees and/or independent contractors in healthcare settings;
    • Create strategies for legal and ethical advertising and marketing of healthcare services;
    • Compare and contrast the purpose, function, and limitations of Professional Wills and Continuity of Care documents.

        About the Presenter:


        Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s clinical practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans and those in other high-stress professions.  Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.  Eric has taught a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.


        Eric earned a PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.

        WMHCA Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting sara@wmhca.org at least 48 hours prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 48 hours of the workshop date. Please make sure you have the link 24 hours prior to the event starting.  

        This course is approved for 3 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


        Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


        3 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

        • 08/17/2024
        • (PDT)
        • 08/18/2024
        • (PDT)
        • 2 sessions
        • Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
        • 0
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        Description:

        This course is designed for anyone interested in becoming a law enforcement therapeutic provider.  Ideally, attendees should have a masters degree or higher in Counseling Psychology, Social Work, or a related field of study.  The WA licensure credentials include but are not limited to, LMHC(A), LMFT(A), MSW, and LICSW.

        Attendees will become familiar with facets of law enforcement as an industry, profession, culture, and environment with its own challenges and unique setting in which peace officers function.  Further, this two-day course will familiarize the attendee with the family dynamics that interplay with law enforcement as a profession.  

        After the two-day course, licensed therapists and social workers will have systems familiarity and knowledge in the following areas:

        • Law Enforcement 101

        • Structure of the workplace

        • Paramilitary culture and “sense of family”

        • How individuals become law enforcement officers

        • Components of training and expectations of law enforcement

        • Physical demands of the job

        • Types of calls law enforcement go to-Trauma exposure

        • Types of roles law enforcement can hold within a department

        • Court process, reporting, prosecution, defense, public disclosure requests

        • Job Security-Complaints, Compliments, “Under the Radar”, resisting counseling

        • Firearms familiarity / Firearms as an extension of the person

        • Cultural Introduction

        • Warrior / Guardian Mentality

        • Dark humor and desensitization

        • Types of behavioral health issues first responders face

        • Suicidality

        • Peer Support in police vs Peer Support in Therapy

        • Substance abuse indicators

        • Barriers to seeking care

        • Political Terrain Navigation-criticism, kudos, and everything in between

        • Line of Duty Deaths and symbols

        • Personal Life and Family Dynamics

        • Family dynamics, divorce, children, relationships
        • Resources available for law enforcement and their families

        • Common coping skills

        • Your first session and building a therapeutic alliance (trust means something completely different)

        • Therapeutic Approaches

        • Understanding the process of a de-brief and a critical incident stress debrief

        • Balancing the duty or services to others and duty to self – sacrifice mentality

        • Mock Scenarios / Table-Top Discussions for Therapeutic Processing

        • Demonstrating true unconditional positive regard and non-judgement

        Objectives:

        Participants will be able to:

        • Will become familiar with facets of law enforcement as an industry, profession, culture, and environment with its own challenges and unique setting in which peace officers function.  

        • Will be familiar with the family dynamics that interplay with law enforcement as a profession.  

        About the Presenter:


        Hesusa M. Kroll “Susie” MA, MHP, LMHC earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from City University of Seattle.  She is an alum of the University of Washington having earned Bachelors degrees in Speech Communication and Zoology with a Marine Emphasis in 2001.  Susie started as a Clinician with a local community behavioral health agency upon earning her Masters. While employed with that agency, she promoted to Clinic Manager, Regional Operations Director, and Division Director overseeing the day-to-day operations of six outpatient behavioral health clinics in King County.

        Susie was the founding Mental Health Professional for the Law Enforcement and Mental Health Professional Co-Response Programs in Shoreline, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Bothell, Redmond, and Duvall PDs.  She is a national educator and speaker on Crisis & De-Escalation, Mental Health, and Crisis Negotiation.  She instructs at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and is the Mental Health Advisor for Crisis Systems Management.  She volunteers yearly at the Seattle King County Clinic as the Crisis Response Director.  More importantly, she is the fur-mom to two rescued kittens and a very clownish Umbrella Cockatoo.

        WMHCA Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting sara@wmhca.org at least 48 hours prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 48 hours of the workshop date. 


        This course is approved for 15 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


        Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

        15 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

        • 09/19/2024
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
        • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
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        Description:

        One of the risks of being a counselor is that clients may file  complaints about you to the Department of Health (DOH) for “unprofessional conduct. Whether the complaint has basis or not, it may be investigated. This webinar will help to orient participants to the basics of the DOH complaint process, laws, and decisions that affect clinical practice.

         

        In this 3-hour interactive webinar, presenter Frances Schopick will help attendees recognize common, sometimes seemingly benign, dynamics that can result in Licensing Board complaints. Fran’s past experience as a therapist, family law attorney, and reunification counselor gives her unique insight into circumstances common to the therapeutic model that may inadvertently result in Board complaint. We will also look at laws, regulations, and ethics codes that can play a part in the decisions you make. Once understood, attendees may apply lessons learned in this webinar to their own practices so that they can successfully manage risk going forward. 

        Attendees are invited to engage in group discussion and ask questions throughout.


        This webinar is designed to meet requirements for Ethics and Law.


        Objectives:

        1. Attendees will identify at least three types of dynamics that may lead to DOH complaints.

        2. Attendees will be able to identify three practices that can mitigate risk of DOH complaint.

        3. Attendees will understand ways to remain within scope of clinical practice.

        About the Presenter:


        Frances Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW, and ACSW, is a Washington licensed attorney with an extensive  background in clinical Social Work and Psychology. Her former Social Work practice included work with adults, children (ages 2 – 17), couples, families, and groups. She worked with survivors as well as perpetrators of domestic violence. Prior to becoming an attorney, Fran performed psychiatric research related to Mood, Psychosis, and Personality Disorders.


        Currently, Fran’s legal practice focuses on representing healthcare licensees undergoing Department of Health (DOH) investigation. She also consults to healthcare providers for risk management and other legal needs, and provides Law and Ethics continuing education (CEUs). Fran lectures on Narcissism and Anti-social Personality styles, as well as the magnetic dynamic between “high-conflict” people and their partners. She has served on the Faculties of the Icahn School of Medicine in NYC (fka Mount Sinai School of Medicine) and Harvard Medical School in Boston, in their Departments of Psychiatry.

         

        Fran received her education in at Barnard College at Columbia University (AB), Hunter College School of Social Work (MSW), both in NYC, and the University of New Hampshire School of Law (JD), in Concord, NH.

        WMHCA Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting sara@wmhca.org at least 48 hours prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 48 hours of the workshop date. Please make sure you have the link 24 hours prior to the event starting.  


        This course is approved for 3 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


        Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


        3 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

        • 10/17/2024
        • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
        • Live Synchronous Zoom Event
        Register

        Description:

        Documentation and record keeping are your opportunities to memorialize and explain events as they occur in real time. Documentation can demonstrate your knowledge of best practices, professionalism, and diligent attention to client care.

        Documentation requires skill and understanding of requirements as well as options that maybe available to you. In this interactive three-hour webinar, attendees will learn legal and ethical standards, in addition to other important factors that can aRect how you work with clients. We will discuss ways to optimize your disclosure, documentation, and record keeping so they will work for you rather than against you. We will discuss ways for you to do the work you love and stay safe as you do it!

        This course is intended to meet Law and Ethics CEU requirements.

        Objectives:

        Participants will be able to:

        • understand the difference between disclosure and informed consent.

        • identify three functions of the disclosure statement.

        • understand three ways session notes serve both client and provider.

        About the Presenter:

        FRANCES SCHOPICK, JD, MSW, is a Washington licensed attorney with an extensive background in Social Work and Psychology. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a therapist and later a psychiatric researcher on the faculties of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She also worked in family practice with toddlers, children, teens, and adults in individual, group, and family constellations of all sorts.  

        Currently an attorney with clients throughout the State of Washington, Fran’s legal practice focuses on representing healthcare licensees who are under investigation by the WA State Department of Health (DOH). She also consults to healthcare providers for ethics, best practices, and risk management issues. Her background gives her unique insight to understand complexities of practice, and the need to timely address ruptures that may otherwise escalate. Her goal is to help you do the work you love and stay safe as you do it!  

        Fran completed her education at Barnard College at Columbia University (AB), Hunter College School of Social Work (MSW), both in NYC, and the University of New Hampshire School of Law (JD), in Concord, NH.  

        To learn more about Fran, feel free to visit www.francesschopick.com   

        WMHCA Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting sara@wmhca.org at least 48 hours prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 48 hours of the workshop date. Please make sure you have the link 24 hours prior to the event starting.  


        This course is approved for 3 CE hours for LMHCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, and all  associate-level licensees in Washington State.


        Washington Mental Health Association (WMHCA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2079. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. WMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


        3 NBCC clock hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.