Ethical Considerations in the Clinical Response to Violence and AbusePresented by Julia Colpitts, LCSW

This workshop will help clinicians and behavioral health organizations identify and respond to common ethical issues in the context of family and intimate partner violence.  Since technology plays a significant role in clients’ lives and in or practices, we include ethical guidelines for technology use and responses to digital abuse.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be aware of the ethical standards for common issues that arise in the behavioral health response to clients with current or past exposure to violence and abuse;
  • Have a summary understanding of ethical issues in: scope of practice; IPV risk assessment; confidentiality and privilege; safety planning; record management; justice system liaison; digital/technological risk, as well as best practice policy recommendations for behavioral health agencies or practices;
  • Have trauma-informed, safety-focused behavior health strategies for clinicians and practices for ethical concerns arising in the context of intimate partner violence;
  • Know where to find additional resources and advocacy services as needed.

This workshop has content relevant for clinicians who are preparing to meeting Maine licensing requirements for ethics and for family and intimate partner violence education.


8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 – 10:30 Setting the Frame: Ethical standards and common ethical issues when violence and/or abuse are present.
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Ethical policy and protocol for the clinical/technology interface when abuse is present.  Orientation to current technology: the use and potential abuse of social media, texting, sexting, GPS and more.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and networking discussions.
1:00 – 1:30 Defining the scope of practice: Risk Assessment and safety strategies.
1:30 – 3:00 Clinical response pathways for survivors and abusers; Diagnosis, treatment modalities, documentation, confidentiality.
3:00 – 3:45 Self Care: Ethical requirements for self-care; is your organization/practice trauma-influenced or trauma-informed?
3:45 – 4:00 Conference Summary and Certificate Distribution.

BangorFri, December 1, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Road
Bangor, ME 04401
LewistonThu, December 7, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Franco Center
46 Cedar Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
PortlandFri, December 8, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm
Season’s Event Center
155 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04101

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