Live Webinar

Law and Ethics: Client Welfare and Therapist Responsibility - September 12


  • Describe the difference between personal and professional values and how to maintain “value neutrality”
  • List the four ways psychotherapists are held accountable for their work with clients
  • Describe the current status in California of duty to protect and duty to warn
  • Identify three legal or ethical issues related to online therapy, technology and social media in clinical practice such as Skype, FaceTime, texting, and email


Upcoming Dates For This Webinar


This webinar runs from 9am to 4pm.

This webinar runs from 9am to 5pm.


Course Description

This workshop addresses therapist responsibility for ensuring patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) when therapist values conflict with patient values (highlighting two precedent setting legal cases); (2) multiple relationships, boundary violations and crossings; (3) legal/ethical issues with suicidal clients; (4) current ethical standard of care in the world of technology, reputation protection, Skype, texting, social media and HIPAA compliance; and (5) duty to warn and duty to protect. This program provides an overview of the current research findings and knowledge that inform ethical and legal practice.

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 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 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 can take the post-test as many times as you need to, should you not pass. The post-test will only be available at the end of the class. Also, you must complete the post-test within 7 days 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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