Live Seminar

Legal and Ethical Guidelines for Managing Difficult Patients and Terminating Treatment


  • List 3 important guidelines for appropriately terminating treatment
  • Describe how a patient’s legal battles impact effective psychotherapy and why it is important to set limits on the therapist’s role and patient’s attorneys
  • Describe how to navigate treatment of children in high conflict divorce and termination of treatment when parental conflict renders treatment ineffective
  • Define the criteria for legal abandonment


Upcoming Dates For This Seminar

There are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

This seminar runs from 9am to 4pm.

This seminar runs from 9am to 5pm.


Course Description

This law and ethics seminar provides therapists with tools needed to ethically and legally terminate treatment under many different scenarios, including unilateral termination decisions, when therapists determine that they can no longer provide effective treatment. The course covers appropriate boundary and limit setting with difficult patients, and how to navigate ethically and legally when limits are not respected and followed. Attendees will be asked to analyze vignettes based on complex situations and describe when termination is not appropriate and how to terminate appropriately. Attendees will also receive articles, updated office forms, deposition guidelines, tips for responding to licensing board actions, duty to warn and protect guidelines, and a revised HIPAA packet.

Pricing: $189 (Early Registration), $209 (Regular Registration)
6.0 Credits


Michele Licht J.D., Attorney at Law

is an attorney in private practice specializing in health care law and psychotherapy practice issues. She represents psychologists, LCSWs, MFTs, and psychiatrists before licensing boards and ethics committees. Ms. Licht has written extensively on risk management issues, and she is the recipient of honors from many mental health associations.

Registration Information

A continental breakfast, catered lunch, and afternoon snacks are included in the registration fee for all seminars.

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 seminar date.
  • Regular Registration: For payments received less than 3 weeks prior to the seminar date.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $35.00 processing fee, per seminar, for refunds requested by the Wednesday prior to the weekend of the seminar. 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 seminar will be rescheduled. Participants will be credited to take the rescheduled course or another PPS seminar. No refunds will be given.

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