Case Studies & Discussion of Washington Law & Ethics of Mandatory Reporting & Client Lethality

**6 Law & Ethics CEs **

Recorded Spring, 2022

The topic of legal and ethical standards regarding abuse and threats of harm can be highly stress-inducing for many behavioral health professionals. It does not need to be that way! In this 6 hour continuing education, we will discuss several aspects of professional standards informing legal and ethical responses to reports of abuse and lethality. 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 standards of cultural competency with respect to mandatory reporting obligations. In addition, a range of professional codes of ethics will also be considered to identify the complete standard of care.


  • Sources of Law and Ethics Standards

  • Standards of Cultural Competency

  • Client Advocacy

  • Mandatory Reporting

  • Client Lethality


Participants will gain increased ability to:

  1. Identify Washington State laws regarding abuse, neglect, and threatened harm;
  2. Identify ethical standards regarding cultural competency;
  3. Describe mandatory reporting obligations and requirements
  4. Apply the evolving standard of care to balance mandatory reporting requirements with the obligation to protect client best interest.
EPDC CE Hours: 6
Presenter: Eric Strom

Eric Strom is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation and guidance to mental health professionals. The focus of Eric’s clinical practice is providing mental health counseling services to combat veterans. Eric is currently serving as the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.