Sorting Through Current Legal and Ethical Issues: Where the Law and Codes Meet

Presented by Clifton Mitchell, PhD on 08-08-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific

This seminar will first briefly review sources of legal and ethical guidance and the necessary components of valid, binding informed consent procedures. From there, we will sort through the legal distinctions and complexity of duties regarding reporting sexual abuse, rape, and statutory rape with case examples. Included in this discussion will be general issues regarding the confidentiality rights of minors and responsibilities surrounding the management of self-injurious behavior.

Duty to warn issues will then be discussed with an examination of the divergences in legal and ethical definitions and the binds that are created for the mental health professional when faced with the decision to act or not. Case examples will be discussed in the context of these dilemmas. Time permitting, other current issues such as right-to-die/end-of-life decisions, elder abuse, and the ambiguity of the language of the codes will be addressed. Time for questions and answers will be provided.

This web conference is advanced instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain the factors that make informed consent legal and binding;
  2. Compare the differences between rape, statutory rape, and child abuse and the accompanying obligations under the ethical codes and the law;
  3. Describe the duties and responsibilities regarding client self-mutilation;
  4. Analyze the complexity of duties and responsibilities regarding duty to warn;
  5. Discuss current issues and codes regarding end-of-life decisions and elder abuse.

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How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions.

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

This event will include lecture and question-and-answer periods. A recording of the web conference will be available to members in's Continuing Education Archives within two weeks. After the live event, a written transcript of the event will be available in the Member's Area. Members of can receive continuing education credits for attending this event by logging in to the Member's Area.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is also an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

Clifton Mitchell's style, enthusiasm and depth of knowledge made a topic that is usually a "yawner" into a fun, engaging and relevant presentation. Loved it! - Marcia Conley, MA, LPC

I always dread this topic because it is usually presented in a dry and boring format. He is correct about trying to answer questions and how it positively impacts your ability to remember. - Darlene Fishel, LCSW

Meet the Presenter

Clifton Mitchell, PhD

Clifton Mitchell, PhD

Clifton Mitchell, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who loves to teach. He has over 20 years of experience as a trainer and keynote speaker and 15 years of experience teaching and writing on ethical and legal issues. He specializes in helping people understand and manage difficult and perplexing ethical and legal issues. His latest training in this arena incorporates an educational game-show format. Dr. Mitchell works as a counseling professor at East Tennessee State University, where he was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in 2002.

Dr. Mitchell is the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, and his articles appear in popular publications and professional journals such as Perceptual and Motor Skills, Barron’s Financial Weekly, Journal of Personality Assessment, Psychology and Education, The Advocate, and Men’s Health Today. For more information on Dr. Mitchell and his work, please visit

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • ace is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
  • Logo has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  •, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.