Mental Health Legal and Ethics Update

When: Friday, November 18, 2022, 8 am – 5 pm
*Networking happy hour until 6 pm

Where: Lake House in Baton Rouge

Format: In-person or Virtual

Presenters: Dr. John Simoneaux and
William “Chuck” Credo III, Esq.


Please join us as LPA hosts its 2022 Fall/Winter Workshop. The workshop this year will be a hybrid event and those interested may attend either in-person or virtually.

The workshop will allow attendees to earn up to 6 Ethics CPD credits and 1 general CPD credit. A continental breakfast and lunch will be included with registration. An optional networking happy hour will take place after the workshop until 6 pm. Registrants may be eligible for a 5% discount on their liability insurance renewal for attending.

Virtual Registrants: Please note this workshop will only be available via live streaming, not via recording.



This year’s workshop provides a “deep dive” into ethics and risk management for psychologists. Forensic psychologist Dr. John Simoneaux will speak about the ethical interface between Louisiana law and mental health. Attorney William “Chuck” Credo III, Esq. will present on the protective custody process, legislative updates, and liability.


Schedule of Events:

8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast & Meet our Sponsors
8:45 am – 12:00 pm – Presentation by John Simoneaux, Ph.D. (3 Ethics CPDs)
(break from 10:15 am – 10:30 am)
12:00 pm -12:30 pm: Break & Meet our Sponsors
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch & Learn (1 General CPD)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Presentation by John Simoneaux, Ph.D. and William Credo III, Esq. (1 Ethics CPD)
2:30 pm – 4:45 pm: Presentation by William Credo III, Esq. (2 Ethics CPDs)
(break from 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Networking Happy Hour with a cash bar



$175 for LPA members
$250 for non-LPA members
$50 for students


Speaker Topics:

John Simoneaux, Ph.D.
• State laws in Louisiana pertaining to psychologists, privileged communication and confidentiality and exceptions thereof, tips and warnings regarding communications with legal professionals and potential legal pitfalls.
• Subpoenas, record requests and record-keeping tips, as well as various ethical/legal conundrums and conflicts that are common to psychologists.
• Appropriately navigating potential landmines surrounding court appearances and depositions, mistakes to avoid regarding expert testimony, and keys to being a helpful expert.
• Why psychologists are essential to custody evaluations as well as why one might want to stay away from such endeavors.
• Laws, precedents, and practices regarding sanity and competence hearings.

Attorney William “Chuck” Credo, III Esquire:
• Tarasoff to telemedicine and ethical points in between.

• Legislative updates on the process of orders of protective custody (OPC) versus psychologist’s emergency certificate (PEC) with legislative updates
• Liability concerns regarding Louisiana case law with the psychologist as an expert witness – a view from the bench
• Working with law enforcement and the coroner
• Liability concerns: experiences and case law
• Telemedicine: friend or foe?


John C. Simoneaux, Ph.D., is a forensic psychologist in central Louisiana. He has been in practice for 35 years.   He is the owner of Consulting Psychologists of Central Louisiana and Professional Training Resources, Inc.  His clinical practice involves work for the courts and legal professionals throughout the state, including court-ordered child custody evaluations, sanity/competency assessments, legal consultations, etc.  For more than 20 years Dr. Simoneaux has offered continuing education seminars for mental health and legal personnel throughout the state on a wide variety of topics.




Since his 2009 retirement as a Jefferson Parish Assistant District Attorney with over thirty years of service, Mr. Credo has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for Divisions A and E in the 24th Judicial District Court and in the First Parish Court for the Parish of Jefferson. As a practicing attorney, he specializes in representing Louisiana coroners in the areas of death investigation, mental health law, and sexual assault law. He has appeared at every level of state and federal court including the U.S. Supreme Court. As a lecturer on law at Tulane Law School, he has taught in the Trial Advocacy program for over 13 years and hopes to institute a mental health law experiential learning course in the near future. He has also lectured for Loyola University and LSU Law Schools. He is a frequent lecturer for the Louisiana Judicial College, Louisiana State Bar Association, Jefferson Bar Association, Louisiana District Attorneys Association as well as various sheriff and municipal police academies across Louisiana. He is the past chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, and is current chairman and on the advisory board of the Louisiana Organ Procurement Association (LOPA) and Coroner Subcommittee. He has also served as past president of NAMI New Orleans and is a certified Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) instructor. Most recently, he was selected as the 2019 recipient of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola Law School award for public service.


Lake House Baton Rouge


Lake House in Baton Rouge

12323 Old Hammond Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Since 1998, Lake House has been servicing the Greater Baton Rouge area with elegant and memorable events. Lake House is a breathtaking Old World Mansion nestled on eight acres of serene wooded grounds. The venue also includes a beautiful lake and grand southern porches for guests to enjoy.


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Covid-19 Precautions:

  1. Be respectful of all attendees by:
    1. Not attending sessions if you have symptoms of COVID-19
    2. Practicing good hand hygiene
    3. Maintaining social distancing


Registration opens September 22 at 9:00 AM CT

Register now


***Schedule is subject to change. Any updates will be posted here***

LPA is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (LSBEP) to sponsor continuing education for this convention.