Law and Ethics Workshop: What Goes Around…

Presented by: Steven Frankl, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
9:00am to 4:00pm
(six contact hours)

The Guidance Center, 2nd Floor Training Room
1301 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813



Cost: $120  


TGC Staff, trainees and Interns: Free 


“What goes around….”  is a 6-hour law/ethics workshop and is focused on recent and emerging developments in law and ethics that will impact clinicians of all disciplines, starting with changes to child abuse reporting obligations,  then moving to cover changes for custody evaluators, record-keeping and maintenance, emerging issues and risks regarding telehealth practice, updates on duties to inform and warn when violent behavior may occur, modifications of laws concerning “retirement” of professionals, receiving subpoenas, testifying in court, risk management for supervisors, suicide risk management, and “selected slippery slopes.”


  1. Identify at least three areas of practice for which legal/ethical changes have developed in the past 5-10 years.
  2. State the most effective strategy for maintaining clinical records of patient/client care.
  3. Identify two significant problems for clinicians who wish to provide telehealth services.
  4. State two major cautions for clinicians who receive subpoenas for patient/client records.
  5. State the differences between three classes of witnesses in courts.
  6. Identify two “slippery slopes” of concern to clinician risk management.


Licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers who want to update their knowledge and competency in the law and ethics as they related to mental health professionals. Unlicensed and trainees are also welcome to attend though program content will be at the postdoctoral/post-licensure level.


A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist (PSY3354) and an Attorney at Law (SBN192014). He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. He then joined the full‐time faculty of the University of Southern California, where he served for eleven years, including five years as the Chair of Clinical Psychology (Director of Clinical Training).

After leaving full‐time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in‐ and outpatient responsibilities. Beginning in 1980, his psychology practice focused increasingly on the diagnosis and treatment of post‐traumatic and dissociative disorders. He began consulting relationships with trauma treatment programs of private psychiatric hospitals in 1990. In 1993, he joined with Walter and Linda Young in the opening of a unit for the treatment of traumatic and dissociative disorders at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA and remained a consultant to the program until July of 2000. An ISSD member since 1990 and Fellow since 1998, he was elected President of the ISSD for 2001‐02.

Dr. Frankel began the practice of law upon graduation from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law. His legal practice is in health and administrative law. He represents healthcare professionals in their dealings with agencies like licensing boards and Medicare, as well as with their miscellaneous worries. He has spoken at local, national and international conferences on trauma and dissociation and his full‐day continuing education curriculum in law and ethics for mental health professionals (over 50 workshops/year) has earned him his latest Outstanding Teacher Award. An Adjunct Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law, he has taught courses on healthcare policy, mental disorders and the law and regulation of healthcare practice. 


Contact Dawn Vo-Jutabha, PhD at for further information regarding objectives, target audience, conflicts, or the refund/cancellation policy.

The Guidance Center is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Guidance Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts programs offered by approved APA sponsors of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed clinical social workers. The Guidance Center is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) to sponsor continuing education for registered play therapists. APT Approved Provider # 14-393.