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What Hat(s) Do You Wear?
Why Does It Matter?
Who Must You Tell?

Sat., June 16, 2018
9:00 am - noon
Fairfax VA
3 Credits

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Mental health professionals are playing more and more different roles, leading to the increasing possibility that they may find themselves in conflicting roles.  Each role can have different ethical implications, clinical responsibilities, and ethical/legal implications, so combining roles can lead to ethical, clinical, and/or legal complications that can be difficult to resolve.  This workshop can help us clarify our existing roles and be more alert to possible role conflicts.

What Hat(s) Do You Wear?  Why Does it Matter?  Who Must You Tell?
June 16, 2018 – 9:00 am – noon
Fairfax, Virginia
Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D.

What Role(s) Do You Play?
What are the Ethical Implications of Your Answer?

  1. Role(s) as a Mental Health Professional

Clinical Direct Service Provider (Therapy/Counseling; Assessment/Evaluation)            Coach (Executive Coaching; Life Coaching)
Consultant (Parent Consultation; Clinical/Ethical/Legal Consultation for Peers)
Educator/Trainer (Academic Faculty; Trainer in Other Settings)|
Forensic Specialist (Examiner; Expert; Review of Others’ Evaluations )
Supervisor  (Administrative Supervision; Clinical Supervision)

2. Ethical Issues Applicable to All Professional Roles

Respect for Dignity of Persons
Beneficence & Nonmaleficence
Informed Consent
Dual Relationships

3. Role-Specific Ethical & Professional Obligations

4. Ethical Considerations About “Involuntary” (Legally-Imposed) Roles

5. Potential Complications

Role Confusion
Multiple/Conflicting Roles
Mid-stream Role Changes
Sequential Role Changes
Multi-Client Therapies (Couple, Family, Group)


  1. Clarify the professional role(s) I play, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.
  2. Consider the ethical obligations that apply to all roles of mental health professionals.
  3. Describe the additional ethical responsibilities that are specific to certain roles.
  4. Learn to notice the ethical and/or legal complications when I take on more than one role at once.


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This workshop offers three (3) Continuing Education (CE) credits in Ethics/Laws.
CE Certificates will be awarded at the completion of workshop attendance.
You may contact your state licensing board to confirm approval for license renewal.

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