Registration for CEUs

Beyond Ethics, LLC will be offering

3.0 Ethics CPDs in Colorado in July


3.0 Ethics CEUs in Louisiana in May and November

Look forward to seeing you for fun learning about Ethics this year.

Cost: $75 for one 3-hour workshop


Register Online:

Registration Type
Seminar Date & State
Email address for confirmation
Name & Mental Health Disc.

Or Register by Mail:

Send your check made payable to Beyond Ethics, LLC to

83 Pomeroy Terrace
Northampton, MA 01060
Please provide the following information to complete your registration:

EMAIL (mandatory – materials will be sent via email)
DISCIPLINE (e.g., LCSW, LPC, etc.)

If all 3 are not included with your check, you will NOT be registered for the workshop.

Louisiana Trainings:


East Jefferson General Hospital Conference Center:

1st Floor of Main Hospital – Esplanade 3
4200 Houma Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
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FREE Parking in Hudson Garage on 5th floor and above


May 31st, 2019

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

November 8th, 2019

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In order to have materials emailed to you prior to the seminar, payment and registration info must be received via email or mail (see address above) by:
May 24th for May 31st seminar
November 1st for November 8th seminar

Description of Workshop:

Ethical Managing of High-Risk Situations in Clinical Practice: Nightmare Cases

In this workshop, Deb and participants will examine the high-risk nature of clinical practice in 2019. Deb will present vital information for participants’ ethical responses in this litigious day and age. Also, Deb will facilitate discussion of participants’ case examples, as well as her own work defending clinicians in Louisiana and Colorado who have faced legal and ethical dilemmas in their clinical practices.

Deb will help participants develop ethical, self-protective strategies to avoid the high-risk case turning into the nightmare case! As a seasoned clinician, who has a firm belief in protecting clients and guarding their confidentiality, Deb’s suggestions always are fashioned to protect the therapeutic relationship and the client and therapist from bullying, harassing legal activity.

We will be discussing numerous case examples furnished by participants and culled from Deb’s legal practice in Louisiana and Colorado, which provides much grist for the training mill! Additionally, Deb will teach participants a relatively simple step-by-step approach for ethically responding to subpoenas for records, depositions, and/or trial testifying. Deb will help participants learn how to prepare for litigation events such as depositions and trial testifying.

I always train with case examples and lots of humor, and – most importantly – audience participation with difficult situations, clinically and legally. I try to convey the way to protect yourself professionally – acting ethically AND self-protectively are not in conflict.

  • I. Demands for Records Challenge the Privilege of Confidentiality
    • A. Client Demands
    • B. Attorney Requests (!) and Subpoenas
  • II. High-Risk Clients and Troublesome Attorneys: Case Examples
    • A. Discussion of Participants’ Nightmare Cases
    • B. Discussion of Deb’s Nightmare Complaints
  • III. Ethically Responding to Client Demands and Subpoenas for Records
    • A. Dealing with Fragile, Explosive, Personality-Disordered Clients
    • B. Dealing with Subpoenas from Attorneys

Colorado Trainings:


French Quarter Condos
1155 S. Monaco Parkway, Denver (at Mississippi)

Amy Diller, LCSW, will help me by hosting this seminar at her condo Clubhouse
Clubhouse entrance is on Monaco between Mississippi and Cherry Creek North Drive
Light refreshments provided!! Clubhouse is a very warm, comfortable place for us to work and learn.


July 12th, 2019

12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

In order to have materials emailed to you prior to the seminar, payment and registration info must be received via email or mail (see address above) by July 5th

In the workshops, I always incorporate some type of ethical conundrums for high-risk clinical practices, including ways to manage high-risk clinical practices that involve demands for records from clients and/or attorneys. I also help clinicians understand how to prepare for depositions and/or trial testifying.

Trainings are three (3) hours. We had a good turnout for the May 11th training, so be sure to join us for this next one.

Description of Workshop:

Ethical Management of Legal Involvement: Authentic Use of Therapist’s Self

In this age of increasing litigation, clinicians are frequently drawn into the legal battles of their clients through subpoenas for records, depositions and/or trial testimony. Additionally, clinicians may find themselves treating high-risk clients who present many risks for licensing board Complaints (e.g., demands for their records; suicide ideation or attempts; violence against others; etc.)

Deb’s focus in her mental health trainings is to help therapists practice in a more self-protective manner, especially with high-risk cases that involve clients’ demands for records or high-risk behavior and/or legal involvement. Such self-protective practices do not detract from clinical excellence, but rather will augment your work with clients.

Deb presents not only the necessary legal aspects in her trainings, but also incorporates clinical strategies gleaned from her extensive experience as a private practitioner (LCSW) and an instructor at Tulane University School of Social Work and Denver University Graduate School of Social Work. Deb skillfully blends her clinical experience with her legal knowledge of defending mental health professionals in licensing board complaints/grievances. Deb includes numerous case examples in her workshops from her years of mental health defense situations.

Deb will present the pertinent rules and regulations governing ethical clinical practice, including confidentiality, dual relationships and ethical rendering of clinical services. She will explore how legal involvement can present challenges to the therapeutic relationship and how to avoid many of these pitfalls to protect the therapeutic relationship and guard clients’ confidentiality. Deb will teach participants specific steps for responding to subpoenas that compel release of clients’ clinical records. Finally, Deb will help participants learn how to prepare for litigation events such as depositions and trial testifying.

  • Understanding & Defining Terms: Ethical Clinical Practice
    • Client Confidentiality
    • Dual Relationships
    • Ethical Rendering of Clinical Services
  • Understanding How Legal Involvement May Effect Therapeutic Relationship
    • Adversarial Events with Client(s) Present
    • Twisting of Therapeutic Information with Client(s) Present
    • Therapist Being Forced to Make Statements about Client(s) that are not Positive
  • Understanding How to Maintain the Therapist’s Authentic Self in the Midst of Legal Drama
    • Role-play Deposition/Trial Questioning to Learn Effective Ways to Respond
    • Understand How to Prepare Self and Client(s) for Adversarial Litigation Events
  • Responding to Subpoenas for Clients’ Records and Deposition/Trial Testimony of Therapist
    • Steps for Ethically Responding to Subpoenas
    • Resisting Production of Confidential Material if Client Refuses to Authorize Release


Meet the Trainer:

Deb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years clinical experience, who is also a lawyer since 1991. She has been defending clinicians since 2000 in various types of licensing board matters. Deb also has a robust practice of risk prevention consultation for therapists who are attempting to avoid ending up before their licensing board. After Ethics training around the country for PESI and Cross Country since 2006, Deb started her own training business, Beyond Ethics, LLC, in 2009. Through Beyond Ethics, Deb has been offering two to four trainings annually in Louisiana since its inception and in Colorado since 2015.

Deb can be reached through her training web site: or her law and social work web site: She can also be emailed at or

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