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Ethics Today: Examining the Volk Decision from Many Angles

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November 9th, 2019


Seattle Pacific University 

Queen Anne Room

3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

A co-sponsorsed workshop with the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, the Center for Object Relations and Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 

What is the Volk decision?

Many of us have heard of the landmark 2016 Washington State Supreme Court’s Volk decision.  The court’s decision substantially expanded the responsibility of physicians and mental health care providers to warn all foreseeable victims of violence if a patient under their care makes a specific threat during outpatient treatment.  In effect, the decision expands our duty to predict a potential for violence even if the patient has not expressed violent thoughts, and to warn third parties in the public not specifically named by the patient.

Please join us on November 9th where our panel of experts will report on and discuss the current status of the Volk ruling and how you can be best prepared in your own practice.

What will I learn?

Attending this conference will enable you to:

  • Describe the details of the Volk decision and some of the legal implications for clinicians.
  • Assess your own awareness of preparedness for dealing with violence and risk assessments.
  • Reflect on how the complexity of legal, clinical, and ethical viewpoints coexist around the subject of violence and risk assessment.

How is the workshop structured?

This workshop will have two parts. The morning program (3 hrs) will present the details of the Volk decision from legal and ethical points of view. The afternoon program (3 hrs) will present discussions of the limits of predicting and managing violence in a clinical setting.

Panelists will include clinicians, a lawyer, a philosopher, and a legislative lobbyist, who will report on the current status of the Volk ruling.

This six-hour presentation meets the Washington state CE requirements for Professional Ethics & Law.

Event Schedule

Morning: 9am-12:15pm (3hrs) with a 15 min break

Lunch: 12:15pm-1:15pm (1hr)

Afternoon: 1:15pm-4:30pm (3hrs) with a 15 min break

Lunch, coffee and tea are included with your registration


This is a co-sponsored event. Any member of the NWAPS, COR, or NPSI will qualify for the member rate.

Early Registration (Ends Nov. 2, 2019)

Student $80

Member $150

Non-Member $180

After November 2, 2019

Student $95

Member $180

Non-Member $215

Refund Policy

Refunds are available up to October 26th minus a $25 administration fee. No refunds after October 26th. Emergencies will be assessed on a case by case basis.


Bradford Cokelet, PhD is a moral philosopher at the University of Kansas. Brad works on questions about the nature of ethically good character, the good life, and regularly teaches classes on bioethics. He has a longstanding interest in psychoanalysis, in addition to interests in eastern philosophy, and is honored to serve on the Advisory Council of the Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (2018-present).






Laura Groshong, LICSW is a clinical social worker with a private practice in Seattle. She received her MSW from the University of Chicago (1974) and a postgraduate certificate in Adult Psychotherapy from the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (1979). Laura is a Registered Lobbyist in the state of Washington and Member of the Bree Collaborative Volk Task Force (2018-present) as well as Director of Policy and Practice for the Clinical Social Work Association. She has authored over 50 books, articles, and lectures and has received numerous awards for her legislative and clinical work.





Casey Moriarty, JD is a Seattle healthcare compliance and transactional attorney who represents hospitals, physicians, community health centers, clinically integrated networks, and other healthcare providers. Casey works extensively on legal issues related to patient privacy, including compliance with HIPAA and Washington State privacy laws. His practice includes advising healthcare clients on legal issues related to business entity formation, including compliance with the corporate practice of medicine doctrine. Casey has authored many articles on healthcare law topics and frequently speaks at seminars and conferences concerning healthcare law issues.






Christopher Keats, MD, FIPA is a psychoanalyst with a private practice in Bellevue (2014- present). He received his analytic training at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and worked for over 20 years at Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, where he treated psychotic disorders and served as Director of Psychotherapy. He is author, with Tom McGlashan of Schizophrenia Treatment Process and Outcome, American Psychiatric Press, 1989. Chris is Consulting Analyst with Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and a Full Member of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.





Eric Huffman, LICSW is a clinical social worker with a private practice in Edmonds. He received his MSW from the University of Washington (1997) and worked in Washington State prisons as a mental health provider from 1998 to 2015. He is a Past President of theWashington State Society for Clinical Social Work. Hehas authored book chapters and papers on psychotherapy in correctional facilities and lectured on this topic.







Jeffrey Eaton, MA, FIPA is a psychoanalyst with a private practice in Seattle. He is author of A Fruitful Harvest: Essays After Bion and several published book chapters. He sees adults and children in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Jeff provides clinical consultation to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts worldwide. He is a Full Member of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee.







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