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Date(s) - 03/06/2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


How Has Washington Law Changed?  Understanding Parent Initiated Treatment and Liability for Client Harm in 2020


Eric Ström, JD, MA, LMHC

There have been some recent changes to Washington State law that have a significant impact on behavioral health and mental health professionals.  Among these are the Washington Supreme Court’s Volk decision in 2016 and the Parent Initiated Treatment Act that fully came into effect in 2020.  This 3 hour law and ethics continuing education workshop will dive into the content and impact of both of these changes with a particular focus on explaining some common misperceptions and misunderstandings of these legal standards.  The original source material will be presented along with discussion of the implication and application of the legal standards.


Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counselling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans and their families. 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 also provides clinical supervision and consultation to mental health providers and teaches a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Antioch University and Seattle University.

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

Learning objectives

After this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the current Washington standard defining psychotherapist liability for client harm;
  • Construct effective strategies to minimize exposure to liability;
  • Compare the extent of confidentially provided to children, to adolescents, and to adults;
  • Contrast the requirements for consent to services that is required for children, adolescents, and adults.


  1. Sources of Legal Standards
  2. Washington standards of psychotherapist liability for patient harm
  3. The practical impact of the Volk decision
  4. Washington’s Parent Initiated Treatment Act
  5. Confidentiality for children and adolescents


This course is approved for 3 CE hours in Law and Ethics for LMHC’s, LMFT’s, LCSW’s and all associate level licensees in Washington State.

This course is approved for 3 clock hours for the NBCC.  Washington Mental Health Counselors 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.

WMHCA Event Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee, cancellations must be made by contacting [email protected] at least 21 days prior to workshop date. There will be no refunds within 21 days of the workshop date.

Cost: Early Registration for WMHCA Members $50

Register for this online webinar here