Ethics Training


Deb offers ETHICS training sessions periodically in New Orleans and Denver for social workers, psychologists, counselors, and addiction counselors. Deb is starting to offer her training via webinars beginning in 2020. The training sessions are certified for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Ethics by the various licensing boards in Louisiana and can be used for Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) in Colorado. Certificates will be provided in both states. The training is designed to fulfill the annual Ethics requirements for all disciplines in Louisiana where Ethics CEUs (3.0) is required for renewal.

Deb also trains employees of various organizations nationally and regionally, including the United States Department of Energy (EAP Counselors Annual Conference) and local agency’s clinicians (e.g., school social workers from a specific parish). Deb also has provided training for social service agencies’ clinical staff and Board Members, where desired. Training can be custom designed based upon questions submitted to Deb in advance, or interactive with case presentations during the training session examined and discussed relative to ethics issues.

Half or full day rates are available upon request and those rates depend upon varying factors (e.g., travel, number of attendees, custom design, etc.). Also, rates sometimes can be based upon the number of attendees (e.g., a “per head” arrangement fee structure). Contracting groups are also responsible for Deb’s travel, accommodation, and other associated costs unless the training is in the New Orleans or Denver areas.

Deb is also available for consultation to individual practitioners and small groups on a case-by-case basis or for ongoing clinical ethics consultation. CEUs or CPDs may be available for this work, but is subject to the specific licensing board’s regulations and DORA’s guidelines for qualified CPDs.



Deborah M. Henson, LCSW, JD, LLM, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Lawyer with more than 25 years professional experience and more than 15 years of experience training mental health practitioners on the interface of clinical practice and litigation. Deb trains mental health practitioners around the country in how to ethically and self-protectively manage high-risk clinical practices.

Deb is licensed to practice clinical social work in Colorado and Louisiana, and admitted to practice law in Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas (inactive status at present). Deb is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Deb trains private practitioners and agencies in Ethics and Legal Involvement, and consults regularly with clinicians around the country who find themselves involved in legal proceedings of all types, and offers risk prevention consulting for high-risk clinical situations/clients.

Deb also practices law with a special focus on mental health law, including ethics consultation/risk prevention. She has represented numerous mental health practitioners in disciplinary matters (i.e., licensing board ethics complaints or grievances). Deb also serves as an expert witness in cases where clinicians have been sued for professional malpractice.

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