FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Dr. Kane volunteers by presenting his program at the City
of Auburn Domestic Violence-Victim Impact Panel, where
defendants hear survivors of domestic violence tell their
stories about how a family member, including children, have
died because of domestic violence. Dr. Kane speaks to the
defendants about how the program works and invites the
defendants to attend the dv perpetrator’s program.
I believe this act of kindness and generosity of giving
one’s time is instrumental to the ability to work as a
collaborative effort in assisting not only defendants, but
victims and the families of domestic violence in finding
their way out of a potentially lethal situation. Dr. Kane’s
program truly makes a difference to our community safety
and the City of Auburn citizens.
Dr. Kane’s generosity in giving his
time to our work has been instrumental to
our ability to assist defendants, victims,
and the families impacted by domestic
violence in finding their way out of
potentially lethal situations. Dr. Kane’s
programs truly make a difference to our
community's safety and for the City of
Shelly V. David
Domestic Violence Legal Victims Advocate
City Attorney's Office
City of Auburn, Washington State
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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TREATMENT PROGRAM
Is attendance at group meetings mandatory? How can I show that I have attended scheduled sessions?
For those referred to the program through judicial or legal authority, the treatment offered by the program meets the requirement set by the law regarding domestic violence treatment programs. Attendance to all group sessions is required and closely monitored. The agency that referred you will receive a monthly report of attendance and the quality of your participation in the treatment as indicated in the program.
Will I be expelled from the program if I am unable to attend for some reason? Will I be able to make up group sessions that I missed?
Participants who are considered to be "in good standing" will not be dismissed for non-attendance. You can remain "in good standing" if your absences are due to emergencies, and clear documentation is provided. Make up sessions will be made available for those missing scheduled sessions. The referring agency will be notified of attendance, compliance and missed sessions. No one will be allow to graduate from the program without attending all required group and individual sessions.
If I am unable to pay the fees required, will I be
able to create a payment plan?
Payment in advance for services must be made prior to attending scheduled program sessions. A participant who is unable to provide payment prior to the scheduled session will not be allowed to continue in the program until the fees are paid. Notifications of payment of fees or failure to do so are included in the monthly report to the referring agency.
Can men and women participate in the same therapy group?
No. State laws regarding domestic violence treatment programs require participation in group therapy to be limited to the same gender.
Who is responsible for reimbursement of fees for consulting services?
Typically,it is the responsibility of the referring source, individual, or organization to provide reimbursement for requested services. Consulting services are executed on a contractual basis only. Depending on the individual situation, a retainer may be required at the time of contractual agreement. All fees must be paid in full prior to or at the time the contractual agreement has been fulfilled.
FORENSIC EXPERT TESTIMONY
Can a client contact you regarding providing expertise on a pending civil or criminal litigation?
No. If you are a client involved in a civil or criminal litigation, please arrange for your attorney to contact us. I cannot negotiate or speak to any party to a legal matter.
Who is responsible for the payment of your fees for expert testimony?
Is the information I share with you confidential, such as in the therapist-client relationship that is protected by federal and state laws?
No. When you raised the issue of your mental state in a legal case, you may have waived your right to confidentiality. Unlike the protections granted to the therapist-client relationship, as the evaluator, I will be required to respond to questions regarding my evaluation of you as well as my findings, if I am questioned by the opposing attorney. For further information, please consult with your attorney.
CLINICAL SUPERVISION & CASE CONSULTATION
Since Washington State has done away with the category of “registered counselor” and replaced it with “certified counselor”, I am now required to have clinical supervision to meet the new standards. For this new category, I am required to have clinical supervision. Do you have the qualifications to provide both types of clinical supervision that is being required?
Yes. I am certified by the Washington state Department of Health as an approved clinical supervisor. I have the qualifications to provide supervision in both certification and licensure. In addition, I hold the status of Board Certified Diplomate with board certification in clinical supervision from the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABECSW).
Furthermore, I possess state certifications in other areas that allow me to assist your professional growth and development in other ways. These areas include:
- Minority Mental Health Specialist (African-American
population, biracial identity concerns, LGBT issues)
- Child Mental Health Specialist
- Mental Health Professional
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
Are you able to conduct lectures & workshops in
other parts of the country besides the Puget Sound area?
Absolutely. I enjoy traveling, re-establishing ties with colleagues, and creating new peer relationships. I am available to provide lectures and workshops to both professionals and general audiences. Lectures & workshops can range from one hour to two days.
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