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

This workshop equips mental health professionals to navigate the complex interplay of ethical codes and legal mandates. We'll explore confidentiality, duty to warn, conscience clauses, and boundaries, ensuring you meet both legal and ethical requirements.

Key Program Information
Series Ethics and Boundaries
Next Session Jan. 10, 2025 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Legal Standards and Professional Ethics

All mental health professional organizations have standards defining ethical practice. These include guidelines about boundaries, principled decision-making, and professional behavior. At times, government also weighs in, setting certain legal requirements that mental health professionals must adhere to. Sometimes these standards are consistent with professional standards (confidentiality.) Sometimes they add new expectations (Tarasoff duties.) And sometimes they conflict (conscience clauses.) This workshop is about the relationship between legislative and professional ethical and practice standards. We will investigate the following legal principles in this context: confidentiality, Tarasoff standards, conscience clauses, and boundary issues. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the basic components of confidentiality and Tarasoff standards
  • Describe the difference between a privacy standard and a confidentiality standard
  • Describe how conscience clauses may conflict with professional codes of ethics
  • Assess themselves for risks of boundary crossings and ask for consultation if necessary

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
Round logo with text "Approved Continuing Education Provider, NBCC"

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.

An EEO/Affirmative Action employer, University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.

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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.