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Ethics and Boundaries: Legal Issues In Mental Health: Part I

Mental health professionals face a complex world of ethical codes and legal mandates. This program will discuss how those pieces intersect and how these standards have evolved.

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Jan. 9, 2025 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Intersection of Legal and Ethical Standards

Mental health professions are governed by ethical codes that outline professional boundaries, decision-making processes, and behavior.  However, their work is also subject to legal regulations. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the legal considerations that must be taken into account in mental health practice. With a focus on the legal principles that govern these professions, attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex legal landscape of mental health work. By exploring the nuances of informed consent, the right to refuse treatment, and involuntary treatment, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities that come with providing mental health services.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the basic components of informed consent, and the right to refuse treatment
  • Become familiar with forms of physician-assisted suicide
  • Understand how the Wisconsin commitment standard has evolved along with national norms

Interested in learning more? Consider taking Ethics and Boundaries: Legal Issues in Mental Health - Part 2 with Dr. David Mays. 

This program meets Wisconsin Ethics and Boundaries continuing education requirements for human service professionals.

Who should attend

Human service professionals such as social workers, professional counselors, therapists, and psychologists.


  • Headshot of David Mays

    Dr. David Mays (MD, Ph.D.) is a forensic psychiatrist and directed the forensic program at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI for 13 years. He serves on the clinical faculty at UW–Madison. Dr. Mays is the recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, The Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Dane County, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He has treated patients in hospital and outpatient settings with co-morbid substance use problems for 20 years. He is a seasoned clinician and highly sought-after presenter.

CEU Information
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Participants will earn 2 Contact Hours upon completion of this program.

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6669. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Additional CEU Information by Profession: 

Wisconsin Social Workers

Our programs qualify as continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all listed programs.

Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselors

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approves contact hours for programs consisting of relevant content taught by qualified presenters. Contact our office with questions about specific program approvals.

Wisconsin Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Licensed Counselors

Our programs qualify as required continuing education offered by an accredited university. The State Board recognizes contact hours for all programs.

Wisconsin Educators and School Psychologists

Continuing education programs from the University of Wisconsin campuses may qualify toward your Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Other Professions

Contact your professional board or organization for specific continuing education requirements.

Disability Accommodations

UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education encourages individuals with disabilities or other special needs to participate in our programs whenever possible. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 / toll-free 866-893-2423, or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). All requests are kept confidential.

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Use promo code SAVE49 at checkout to save $49 when registering for both Ethics and Boundaries: Legal Issues in Mental Health Part 1 and Part 2 at the same time.