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Seductions and Arrogance: Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities that Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations, with Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT 2 CEs LAW & ETHICS

  • 02/03/2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


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Seductive look by a woman.Legal & Ethical: Seductions and Arrogance: Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities that Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations

Presented by: 

Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT

Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


2 CEs Law & Ethics

Course Description         

Education, Knowledge, and Training in graduate programs and Law & Ethics seminars every license cycle inform the therapist of the “what” of legal and ethical boundaries and violations, but do not necessarily address the client and therapist “whys” of how a therapist comes to make errors anyway.

  • There are clients that are immediately perceived as potentially problematic, while others surprise and even ambush a therapist.
  • Certain clinical situations are relatively straightforward while others are littered with not only therapeutic but also legal and ethical land mines.
  • Sometimes knowing or getting clarification regarding legal and ethical requirements and guidelines, instead of giving a therapist confidence, it makes him/her more uncomfortable or anxious. That is probably an indication of a vulnerability that may play out subsequently in a legal or ethical quandary, breach, or mistake.

This seminar will use case vignettes derived from published cases of BSE and Psychology Board disciplinary actions, CAMFT Therapist journal articles, and from experiences of the presenter (including his participation on the Ethics Board of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists- CAMFT) to examine Legal and Ethical issues and boundaries, the client behaviors, issues, seductions, and circumstances; the presenting issues and configurations in therapy; and the personal issues and vulnerabilities of therapists that combine to increase the probability of legal and ethical violations in therapy. In the small group format of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to interact and offer their own experiences, both for consultation and for enhancing the breadth and depth of the seminar’s goal to help therapists be more clear and secure dealing with legal and ethical issues as they practice.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 common legal mistakes therapists make with clients.
  • Identify at least 2 common ethical mistakes therapists make with clients.
  • Identify the type of client most likely to file a report against the therapist.
  • Identify one reason why therapists make errors that put them at risk with clients.

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      About Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT

      Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT

      Dr. Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.  His experience includes authoring “Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood,” 2006, “The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution” 2008, and “Getting Beyond Bullying and Exclusion, PreK-5, Empowering Children in Inclusive Classrooms,” 2009, Corwin Press and twenty e-books on therapy and couple therapy available at; DVDs on child development and behavior, community mental health, Severe Emotional Disturbance school programs, vocational and welfare-to-work programs, Head Start, supervising a high school mental health clinic, supervising therapists, private practice psychotherapy.

      Dr. Mah's education experiences include 16 years in ECE, owner childcare center, elementary & secondary teaching credentials, college instructor, and the Board of Directors of the California Kindergarten Association. Co-Director of the MFT Masters Program at the Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley. Also previously on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist and presenter for CAMFT conferences and symposiums; and currently on the East Bay Chapter of CAMFT as well as various CAMFT committees.

      His website is


      Zoom Meeting. Requires pre-registration with Zoom; please make sure you register with Zoom with the link provided in your confirmation email.


      Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT  (Provider #57173) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

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      • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

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