Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals, school psychologists, legislators, agency officials, parents

Shireen T. Hart, Esq. is a shareholder with the firm of Primmer, Piper, Eggleston &  Cramer in its Burlington office.  Ms. Hart has nearly 20 years' experience in healthcare law, and provides counsel and advice to to hospitals, long-term care facilities, community mental health agencies, pharmacies, laboratories, individual practitioners and healthcare-related vendors on a broad range of matters.  She has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® peer review rating, the highest rating an attorney can receive.  She was named a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star® in 2008 – 2009, and received the Greater Burlington YMCA Character in Action Award, 2006 Family Award.  She is a member of both the  Vermont and New Hampshire bars, and is a past president of the board of directors for KidSafe Collaborative.

David C. Rettew, M.D. is  is a child psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He is the author of Child Temperament: New Thinking about the Boundary between Traits and Illness, and is the Training Director of the UVM Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and the Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Clinic at UVM Medical Center.  He received his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania before working at the National Institute of Mental Health. He received his medical degree at the University of Vermont and then did both his adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School within the Massachusetts General and McLean Hospital program. He joined the UVM faculty in 2002 where he divides his time between clinical, teaching and research activities. His main research interest is the role of temperament and personality factors in childhood psychiatric disorders. Dr. Rettew has over 100 published journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts on a variety of child mental health topics, and delivers a regular television feature for WCAX in Burlington entitled "Peace of Mind with Dr. Rettew."

Jessica Oski, an attorney and concerned parent, testified before the Vermont legislature in support of the new minor consent law.  She has over 20 years' experience as a practicing attorney and lobbyist, including 16 years as a lobbyist in Vermont.  She is a senior managing associate with the Necrason Group in Montpelier and has represented a wide variety of clients, including Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.   She also served as an Vermont Assistant Attorney General with the Vermont Department of Mental Health.  Ms. Oski has served on a number  of non-profit boards, including ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain; Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom; Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity; Madison-Deane Initiative; Burlington Public Works Commission; Vermont Women’s Health Center; the Nature Conservancy of Vermont; and the Burlington Farmers’ Market.

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

Course Description

Vermont's new Minor Consent law, allowing minors to consent to outpatient mental health treatment without parental consent, goes into effect on January 1, 2018.  Although the text of the law itself is very short, it has enormous implications from the clinical, ethical, financial, privacy, and other perspectives.  In this course, currently being organized, attendees will hear from government officials, practitioners, parents, and attorneys on the nuances and unaddressed issues raised by this new law.  Ken Schatz, Commissioner of the Department of Children & Families, and Melissa Bailey, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, will be attending in the afternoon and will participate in general discussion.

New Minor Consent Law

December 8, 2017

Clinical, ethical, financial, legal, and privacy implications

6 CE Credits

#410 Boardroom, 133 State Street


Registration at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CE Workshop-December 8, 2017

Raymond J. Chin, Ph.D.  is a child and family clinical psychologist in private practice with Deer Creek Psychological Associates.  He specializes in pediatric behavioral medicine.

Richard T. Barnett, Psy.D., M.A., LADC, is the VPA legislative advocate and a clinical psychologist in private practice.


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Additional Panelists (subject to change)

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m.             Registration

9:00 a.m.             Shireen T. Hart, Esq.

10:15 a.m.          Break

10:30 a.m.          David C. Rettew, M.D.

11:30 a.m.          Jessica Oski

12:30 p.m.          Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m.             Small Group Discussion

2:30 p.m.             Panel Q&A

4:00 p.m.             Adjournment

Time permitting, panelists may be available for individual conversation


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Course Objectives

At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe changes in legal requirements for providing consent for outpatient mental health treatment of minors that take effect in Vermont on January 1, 2018;
  • Analyze and  evaluate differing perspectives on the possible advantages and limitations of the Minor Consent law as it relates to the rights and best welfare of children in Vermont, parental rights and responsibilities, and effective clinical practice;
  • Demonstrate increased understanding of the anticipated roles and practices of various agencies and organizations (such as insurance companies, DCF, mental health agencies, schools, the court system, medical providers, etc) in terms of their interactions with children, parents, and clinicians;
  • Discuss changes in clinical practice that may need to occur when working with children and families, given factors such as the developmental age and cognitive ability of children, family constellation and interaction patterns, legal and ethical  responsibilities of the clinician, as well as theoretical perspectives and practical considerations that can impact on clinical practice; and
  • Formulate approaches to apply information obtained from the workshop into their own clinical practice and/or personal interactions with children with whom they interact

Speakers (subject to change)