Online Training: Ethically Navigating Clinical Practice and Supervision with Justice-Involved Clients

Online Training Description:

Ethical concerns are inherent in assessing and treating clients who are involved with the legal system. Many of these concerns can take practitioners by surprise without adequate preparation. Meanwhile, the available resources don’t always provide as much guidance for professionals facing dilemmas with justice-involved clients in decision-making processes as one might hope.

This workshop identifies some of the unique challenges facing evaluators and treatment providers. It explores the ethical principles underlying these challenges as well as understanding what ethics are and are not. It highlights the major ethical issues of confidentiality, informed consent, competence, voluntary participation, professional boundaries, and termination. While these are major ethical issues that most clinicians have some knowledge of, there are times when ethical dilemmas appear that do not easily fit into one of these categories. This workshop also addresses ethical dilemmas facing students and supervisors.

Ultimately, codes of ethics are no substitute for vigorous, thoughtful, and resourceful responses; as the saying goes, being ethical is a process. Participants will learn the steps to ethical practice decision-making using case examples. Participants will further learn that there are numerous proactive and reactive paths to address ethical challenges. Participants will be encouraged to bring a brief relevant vignette for discussion.

Cost for training: $160
Cost for Psychology CE Credits: $18
Participants that complete the four-hour training will be eligible to receive 4 Psychology Continuing Education credits.

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Attendees will learn to: 

  1. Identify legal and ethical sources of guidance for clinical practice
  2. Identify relevant ethical principles and appropriate steps to take when faced with ethical challenges
  3. Develop multiple courses of action to address ethical and professional challenges
  4. Develop peer and mentor networks for the purpose of navigating ethical challenges
  5. Understand how the law and professional ethics intersect and affect professional practice
  6. Consider aspects of informed consent for assessment and treatment.   

You must purchase the training and the Psychology Continuing Education Credits separately.

Four hours of training

The training session starts at 11:00 am Eastern Time and runs until 3:30 pm, with a 30-minute break. The charge is $160 ($40 per credit hour). To be eligible for the Psychology Continuing Education credits, you must attend the entire live training. The Psychology Continuing Education credits must be purchased separately.
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We can refund your training fee up to 24 hours prior to the start of the training.

Four Psychology CE Credits

The CE credits for this training are provided by Amego Prepare, an APA Approved CE Sponsor Organization authorized to offer Psychology Continuing Education credits. To receive the 4 Psychology CE credits for participating in this training, you must watch the entire four-hour session and pay this $18 fee before the training begins or within 24 hours of completion of the training (purchase this separately with the button below).

There will be no refunds for this purchase.


Becky Palmer, Private Consultant and Trainer

Becky Palmer, MS is currently in practice as a private consultant and trainer. Formerly the Senior Vice President of the clinical department at the Alternative Behavior Treatment Centers. Ms. Palmer completed her post-graduate training in marriage and family therapy at the Institute for Juvenile Research (the University of Illinois), where she had been adjunct faculty in the Family Systems Program. Ms. Palmer has presented trainings and workshops, both regionally, nationally, and internationally on marital therapy with survivors of sexual abuse, parenting sexually abused and reactive children, working with abusive family systems, sex offender treatment and evaluation, ethics, family reintegration and compassion fatigue. Ms. Palmer has also consulted with religious organizations when there has been abuse by clergy or within the church community.

Ms. Palmer’s trainings have been provided to an array of groups and individuals in the professional service field, such as court personnel, probation/parole officers, attorneys, judges, foster parents, childcare workers and other therapists.