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The Volk Case - What is its impact in 2024?

  • Fri, December 06, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom




The Volk Decision

In the wake of the "Volk" case" going to the Washington State Supreme Court, it left many health care providers unsure of how it changed things for us. What is duty to warn vs. duty to protect?  Did this case change anything in a meaningful way?   Find out more during this 90 minute presentation.

Presenter:   G Andrew Benjamin, JD, PHD, ABPP

While working with families engaged in high-conflict litigation and lawyers suffering from various mental health and drug abuse problems, Dr. Benjamin was named "Professional of the Year" by the Washington State Bar Association's Family Law Section. As the founding director of the WSBA’s Lawyers Assistance Program, the ABA issued a certificate of merit for the development and implementation of the Program. LAP was renamed the Member Wellness Program under a new director. At the advent of LAP, Dr. Benjamin persuaded the Washington State Supreme Court to adopt confidentiality protections codified in the rules of professional conduct that protect the clients and peer counselors of this free member service, and they still apply to all.

He was elected to serve as President of the Washington State Psychological Association and later his colleagues created an Association award named after him for "outstanding and tireless contributions." He was honored by the Puyallup Indian Nation's Health Authority for serving as a "modern day warrior fighting the mental illnesses, drug-alcohol addictions" for working in the Nation's program. Dr. Benjamin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in eight of its Divisions. The APA also conferred the Karl F. Heiser Award in recognition of his record of public service and advocacy in numerous areas of professional activity.

          Dr. Benjamin continues to serve as a clinical professor within the Department of Psychology and an Affiliate Professor within the School of Law for University of Washington. He has published 76 peer reviewed articles in Psychology, Law, and Psychiatry journals, and five books with APA Press-- Law and Mental Health Professionals, Washington; Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation: Promoting Optimal Outcomes and Reducing Ethical Risks (1st & 2nd editions); The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations for Mental Health Professionals; and, Educational Evaluations of Children With Special Needs: Clinical and Forensic Considerations; and one book published by Sage-- Ethics for Psychologists: A Casebook Approach.

          Dr. Benjamin lives in Seattle with a wife of 48 years, an ardent feminist he continues to love for more than 53 years.  Their two adult children also have moved back to live and work in Seattle as mental health professionals!

We are requesting that you register even though we are not charging for this presentation. We would like to be able to gauge the number of people who will be attending.

This workshop will earn you 1.5 hours of Law and Ethics Continuing Education.

WATSA is a Washington State DOH approved CE provider. CE Hours earned at this training count towards hours needed to renew your SOTP credential and/or your underlying health care license. We are not an approved provider for organizations such as the APA, NASW, AAFT or NBCC.

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