Legal and Ethical Considerations in Therapy (3 Hour)

All courses are sponsored by Scottsdale Recovery Center and meet all CE requirements for the AZBBHE

Through lecture, videos, and activities this training is designed to develop and strengthen knowledge and understanding of legal and ethical requirements in the Behavioral Health field. This course is sponsored by Scottsdale Recovery Center in order to meet AZBBHE requirements. While this course is designed with such regulations in mind, it is important to note that acceptance of CEUs is at the discretion of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Participants in this training are encouraged to reflect on the questions contained prior to each section before reviewing the material within the segment. A key part of learning and reflection is to develop sound ethical judgment. Some guidelines for this are listed below:

  • Familiarize oneself thoroughly with established standards
  • Be sensitive to ethical problems as they arise, and take into account the complexity of these issues
  • Remember that ethical decision-making is an evolutionary process that requires being continually open and self-critical

This training will focus on the following objectives:

  1. Respond to common ethical dilemmas.
  2. Discuss the link between ethical and legal issues as well as how common ethical issues occur.
  3. Define confidentiality, and discuss informed consent and limits of confidentiality (including age of consent).
  4. Discuss mandated reporting laws.
  5. Outline the goals of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and determine whether you are considered a “covered entity.”
  6. Discuss the Tarasoff and Ewing rulings related to the professional Duty to Warn.
  7. Discuss the issue of competence and the steps a provider should take to maintain competence.
  8. Discuss issues related to informed consent.
  9. Discuss the dynamics of dual relationships.
  10. Discuss issues related to sexual relationships with clients including harm to therapist and client.


Your Instructor


Charise Schwertfeger, LMFT & Minon Maier, LMFT
Charise Schwertfeger, LMFT & Minon Maier, LMFT

Charise Schwertfeger, M.S., LMFT

Charise received her graduate degree from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Arizona State University, cohort graduation December 2009. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked as a clinician in multiple clinical settings including public mental health, private community agencies, as well as private practice. She has also supervised graduate intern clinicians and associate clinicians in the community health setting and private practice setting. She is a member of various clinical organizations for therapists and has additional training in the areas of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Minon Maier, M.A., LMFT

Minon received her graduate degree from the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of San Diego, graduation May 2005. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked as a clinician in multiple clinical settings including public mental health, inpatient treatment, acute care, private community agencies, as well as private practice. She has also supervised graduate intern clinicians and associate clinicians in the community health settings as well as private practice. She is a member of various clinical organizations for therapists and has additional training in the areas of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Course Curriculum


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