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In this lively and engaging three-hour ethics presentation, Joe Dias, MEd, LPC-S reviews DSHS expectations for practitioners in the following areas:

  • duty to warn/client confidentiality,
  • differentiation between best practices and ethical dilemmas and the ethical similarities, and
  • difference among licensing boards.

After the didactic portion of the workshop, Joe Dias, MEd, LPC-S presents case studies that depict ethical dilemmas.

This engaging dialog leads the audience to explore clinical practices by exposing challenging situations, such as dual relationships or ethical compliance with their clientele.


  • Review DSHS expectations and best practices in establishing and implementing HIPPA standards.
  • Using technology in practice
  • Duty to warn – Tarasoff and Texas
  • Differentiate between ethical codes, standards, conduct and professionalism.
  • Discuss various universal ethical codes among our various licensure requirements (LPC, LSW, LCDC, LMFT).
  • Informed Consent
  • Dual Relationships
  • Beneficence/Nonmaleficence
  • Steps in making ethical decisions
  • Case Studies - Ethical Dilemmas
  • Interactive group discussion


Joe Dias has worked in the Mental Health field for thirteen years in various capacities, of which eight of those have been licensed. He first started working in Phoenix, AZ with refugee adolescents coming in from Latin America unaccompanied at a halfway house. Following that six month Practicum, Joe continued his efforts with Phoenix area teens convicted of felony gang offenses remanded to an alternative educational setting.

Upon moving to the Austin area in 2005, Joe quickly landed a counselor position with “Council for At-Risk Youth” (CARY) specializing in violence prevention in a group setting for AISD middle schools. His career progressed to becoming a “Transition Specialist” for AISD’s “Alternative Learning Center” (ALC), writing his own job description which helped leverage a position within the school district using grant funding with the Federal “ACCESS” grant for Safe and Healthy Schools.

For three years, he helped shape best practices within the district for Secondary School Administrators, students and families as well as partnering with District Superintendents to help improve removal/transitions for “Tier 3”, high-risk students. These counseling and case management efforts helped him forge vital experience and exposure within the school district and community.

Mr. Dias spent seven years total working with students and families within ALC to help advocate for students and families as a liaison between schools, courts and community partners. In those years, he expanded his specialization not only as a case manager, but also working with families in groups for Drug Prevention and Intervention services, both as an author of curriculum and as a facilitator.

During his time with AISD, Joe began his own private practice (Mr. D Counseling) offering a broader range of services to include; adults and college students, couples, elementary aged children/families, divorce mediation and child custody, addiction/dependency, grief and loss, OCD, depressive and anxiety disorders, among other dually diagnosed clientele.

Also, in context of his private practice, Mr. Dias supervises several LPC-Interns and enjoys presenting within the community at various hospitals, committees and annual conferences. Finally, Joe moonlights as an adjunct professor at St. Edwards University for a variety of Psychology coursework having taught the likes of Abnormal, Addiction & Cognitive Psych.

Prior to recently joining University High School as the Director of Wellness and Recovery Support, Joe helped open a program with Memorial Hermann PaRCas a Clinical Program Specialist where he led the clinic at the Austin IOP providing treatment services for patients seeking help in recovering from drug/alcohol addiction and dually diagnosed mental health needs. Further, he became a liaison among the recovery community when needs arose centered around patient care, interventions and case management, helping consult on hundreds of cases as a pro bono service.

His therapeutic approach is largely didactic focusing on relationship building, goal development via CBT/DBT, Reality/Choice Theory, coupled with MI practices and a Rational-Emotive approach. He subscribes to utilizing holistic measures via self-awareness, mindfulness and spiritual/world view practices that is strictly client-centered.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):3