VCCA & Piedmont Chapter: Ethics Workshop
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When: March 16, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Region 10
500 Old Lynchburg Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia  22903
United States
Contact: Denise Jones

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Sponsored by: Virginia Clinical Counselors Alliance & Piedmont Region Counselors Association

(A division & chapter of the Virginia Counselors Association)


VCCA & Piedmont Chapter:  Ethics Workshop


Deliberate Dual Relationships: Ethical Responsibility to Anticipate Harm &

Mental Health & Violence: Balancing Individual Rights vs. Public Safety

Presented by Dr. Mary Alice Fisher


 6 NBCC Contact Hours (includes 3 ethics hours)



Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 AM


Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:15 pmDeliberate Dual Relationships: Ethical Responsibility to Anticipate Harm

This session counts towards 3 NBCC Contact Hours in Ethics


Ethics Codes specify that not all dual relationships are unethical. When must we say “no?” When do we have no choice? When are we free to say “yes?” Before we voluntarily create a dual relationship, or if we enter one “involuntarily” because required by law or by agency policies, what are our ethical responsibilities for evaluating/anticipating the potential for harm – or the perception of harm?


Learning Objectives:  1) Understand Licensing Board Regulations relating to dual relationships 2) Understand ethical decision making about voluntary dual relationships 3) Understand ethical decision making about “involuntary” relationships


12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)


Afternoon Session: 12:45 am – 4:00 pm - Mental Health & Violence: Balancing Individual Rights vs. Public Safety

This session counts towards 3 NBCC Contact Hours

There is much discussion about the connection between mental health and violence. Recent incidents of gun violence by individuals with a mental or emotional disorder have led to pressure about changing both gun laws and civil commitment laws. Is the balance changing-moving away from protection of the individual rights of mental health patients and more toward protection of the public’s right to safety? How have the rights of Virginia mental health patients been affected by recent changes in Virginia’s laws?  How is our work as mental health professionals affected, as we balance a patient’s right to autonomy and confidentiality against the possibility that someone else might be harmed? How do we decide?

Learning Objectives:  1) Identify facts and myths related to the connection between mental health and violence 2) Understand the impact of changes in Virginia’s involuntary commitment laws 3) Be able to indicate their role in affecting the balance between patients’ rights and public safety


About Dr. Fisher

Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D. is founding director of The Center for Ethical Practice and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she provides psychotherapy for adult clients and ethics consultation for mental health professionals. Her previous clinical experience includes inpatient therapy with adults and adolescents, and clinical services to children, adolescents, and families in community mental health clinics.


6 NBCC Contact Hours (includes 3 ethics hours)


Registration Fees



$225 – NON-MEMBER + VCA Membership


Deadline to Register is March 14, 2019 by 5:00 PM EST






Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Virginia Counselors Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.



Cancellation PolicyTo receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, registrants must cancel at least 5 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than 5 days notice can either receive a credit for the full registration fee to be applied toward a future VCA-sponsored workshop, annual convention, membership, transferred to another person OR request a refund minus a $25 fee.

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