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Legal and Ethical Considerations in Clinical Practice: Updates and Current Issues - May 21


  • List the four different elements holding therapists accountable for their work as professionals
  • Describe the “four bins” method of assessing patient dilemmas
  • Describe how to increase awareness of cultural humility as part of competent practice
  • Describe the current standard of care in working online


Upcoming Dates For This Webinar

There are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

This webinar runs from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.


Course Description

This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensure patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas related to (1) introduction to ethics and law, four elements holding therapists accountable for their professional work, (2) the “four bins” method of considering patient dilemmas, (3) cultural humility and competence with clients, (3) technology, COVID, working across state lines, (4) therapist counter-transference, burnout and self-care. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program provides an overview of current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice and includes two hours of suicide issues.

This class meets the law and ethics course requirement for California psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs.

Also it meets the requirements for New York psychologists for the required course in professional ethics and may meet it for mental health professionals in other states.

Pricing: $199 (Early Registration), $219 (Regular Registration)
6.0 Credits


Pamela Harmell Ph.D.

is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law. She is a past President of the Board of Psychology. Dr. Harmell is the former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee and is the current Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee.


About This Webinar

The webinar is a live, interactive class. You will view the webinar in real time from your home or office on a computer, tablet (e.g., iPad) or phone. You will be able see the speaker and the slides, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and respond to polls. You will have access to the handouts, which you can view on your computer or download and print.

You will need to show up on time to receive credit, just like at an in-person class, but you can wear whatever you’d like! The class will run from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time. There will be a morning and afternoon break and a break for lunch. At the end of the class you will need to take a post-test and receive a score of 75% or above to pass. You have up to three attempts to pass the post-test. Most people pass on their first attempt. After two attempts to pass the post-test you will need to contact our office and you will be provided with one more attempt to pass the post-test. The post-test will only be available at the end of the class. Once you pass the post-test, you will complete an evaluation online and then you will receive your Certificate of Attendance online, which you can view and print.

Registration Information

The course fee is determined by the date of payment in relation to the course date:

  • Early Registration: If payment is received 3 weeks prior to the webinar date.
  • Regular Registration: For payments received less than 3 weeks prior to the webinar date.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $35.00 processing fee, per seminar, for refunds requested by the Wednesday prior to the weekend of the webinar. After that time, there will be no refunds. If a course must be cancelled due to an unforeseen event (e.g., natural disaster, instructor illness), the webinar will be rescheduled. Participants will be credited to take the rescheduled course or another PPS webinar. No refunds will be given.

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