Ethics Courses

How to Limit Your Legal Risk as a Mental Health Professional: Understanding Washington Law & Ethics 10.6.17


Course Description:  The topic of legal and ethical standards can be highly stress-inducing for many mental health professionals. It does not need to be that way! In this 6 hour continuing education, we will discuss several key aspects of professional law and ethics. Through case studies, discussions ,and real-world examples, participants will gain a better understanding of just how manageable it is to maintain a legal and ethical practice. Particular focus will be dedicated to understanding Washington State law and the NASW code of ethics.  In addition, other applicable codes of ethics will also be considered to identify the complete standard of care.


Objectives: Participants will gain increased understanding of:

  • Washington State laws regarding professional practice;
  • Ethical standards regarding professional practice;
  • The difference between the concepts of confidentiality and privilege and the legal limitations to both;
  • The black, the white, and the gray areas of relationships with clients and former clients;
  • The evolving standard of care for social media use and electronic communications;
  • Mandatory reporting obligations and requirements.

About the Presenter:  Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health   Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counselling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans as well as providing supervision and consultation to other clinicians. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, is the ethics adviser for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Eric spent eight years on active duty in the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and continues to serve in the Navy Reserve. Eric teaches a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Prescott College and Seattle University.

Eric earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts  degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, and is currently working towards his PhD is Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University.

CE Contact Hours:  6 approved for Law and Ethics

Price:  NASW Member – $125.00

     Non-Member – $175.00

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Date: October 6, 2017

North Seattle Community College – LB1141
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA