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2.0 Clock Hours Home Study Recorded Video

2.0 clock hour Continuing Education Credits are provided as a recorded session if you pass the post-test following the course video content. The certificate of completion will be emailed to you within 10 minutes after passing the post-test.

Content Areas:

Counseling Theory/Practice and the Counseling Relationship
Duty to Warn
Tarasoff Law

Imagine you’re a therapist and a client confides in you that they wish someone was dead. As a professional, it’s your duty to navigate this delicate situation with both ethical and legal considerations in mind.

In this workshop, Diane Bigler, LCSW, we’ll delve into the challenging task of determining the best course of action when clients make threats towards others. She’ll explore the history of laws surrounding the therapist’s “duty to warn” and examine the Tarasoff Rule in depth. Through real-life case studies, she’ll illustrate the various situations therapists may encounter when dealing with clients who express threats, violence, or harm to others.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll be equipped with concrete, ethical practices to handle these difficult dilemmas with confidence.

Objectives include:
1) Identify relevant state law and professional ethics regarding duty to warn responsibilities.
2) Discover methods of assessing and intervening with potential duty to warn concerns and client potential for violence.
3) Demonstrate increased confidence in mitigating client violence and following ethical and legal mandates regarding duty to warn.

Other Course Information:

Partial credit/partial attendance is not allowed for this course.

If you have any questions about this course or would like to request accommodations, you can contact us.

If a participant or potential participant would like to express a concern about the or a continuing education program provided by, the individual may email Although we do not guarantee a particular outcome, we will consider the complaint, make any necessary decisions, and respond as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding a refund, you can view our policy page and legal notices found at the bottom of this webpage or you can contact us

Diane Bigler MSW, LCSW


Missouri License# 2008005530  

Diane Bigler, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri and Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of psychology, social work and mental health. Prior to her career in social work, Diane was a Criminal Investigator for the Robertson County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee, on a Crimes Against Minors task force; completing investigations in child abuse, human trafficking, missing persons, sexual assault, and homicide. Diane completed two field internships at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, while obtaining her Associates and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, and during post-graduate work.

Diane was an Adjunct Professor of Social Work at The University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare for 10 years, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2006, with clinical concentrations in Children & Families and Mental Health. Diane taught classes in the Clinical Master’s program, which includes: Clinical Social Work Practice, Loss and Grief, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy, Advanced Standing Practice, and Mental Health & Psychopathology. Additionally, Diane was a Field Liaison and Community Education trainer for the School of Social Welfare. Diane was the recipient of the Adjunct Professor of the Year award in 2017, and the Margo Award for Excellence in Field Instruction in 2020.

Diane has two decades of clinical experience in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in the provision of in-home and community-based therapy. She has also functioned in leadership and supervisory positions as a teacher, mental health consultant, clinical supervisor, and program coordinator. Diane maintained a clinical supervision practice where she supported over 50 social workers in their journey of obtaining a clinical social work license.

Diane has facilitated hundreds of trainings locally and nationally in recent years, to audiences comprised of mental health professionals, physicians and nurses, teachers, police officers, business personnel, and local City Council members. Diane enjoys the creativity that comes with envisioning and designing trainings, and aims to provide trainings that are informative, engaging and skill-building.

Diane was the Performance Solutions Director at New Directions Behavioral Health in Kansas City, MO. She customized and facilitated leadership and corporate trainings to EAP customers, on topics such as Supporting Employees with Personal Problems, The Value of Emotional Intelligence, Dealing with Difficult Employees, and Facilitating Team Meetings. Diane also provided executive leadership coaching to managers and CEO’s.

Outside of her professional life, Diane loves to spoil her four rescue Dachshunds (Mavis, Jerry, Daisy and Hank). She also volunteers with Serve KC, Kansas City Hospice, and Harvesters Food Bank. Diane is a child of the 80's and loves anything from that era - including being a groupie of 80's cover bands.



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Counselor’s Choice Award has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education
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Counselor's Choice Award Continuing Education is an National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Washington State Chapter Approved Continuing Education Provider and offers approved clock hours for events that meet Washington State CE Counselors requirements. This workshop has been approved for CEs by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (Provider #1975-490)


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Counselor's Choice Award Continuing Education is an Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and offers OSBLADC-approved clock hours for events that meet Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (Provider #20230154)

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