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Deborah Henson, LCSW, J.D., L.LM.


Deborah M. Henson, MSW, LCSW, J.D., LL.M., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and lawyer with more than 25 years' professional experience and more than 15 years' experience training mental health practitioners on the interface of clinical practice and litigation. She maintains a psychotherapy practice in New Orleans, trains social service agencies and consults regularly with clinicians around the country who are involved in legal proceedings of all types, including disciplinary matters. Deborah also practices law with a special focus on mental health law, including ethics consultation/risk prevention. She has represented numerous lawyers and mental health practitioners in malpractice lawsuits and disciplinary matters. Ms. Henson has lectured frequently in the areas of mental health ethics and risk prevention and effective collaboration with attorneys to help clients who have ongoing litigation issues.

Deborah earned a Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law and an LL.M. (advanced law degree) from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. She has conducted continuing education presentations and general lectures for National Association of Social Workers, NASW Louisiana Chapter (Annual Conferences), Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers, Tulane School of Social Work, University of Texas School of Social Work, St. Edward's University Professional Education Center, New Orleans City Attorney's Office, Prime Time CLE Institute, Tulane School of Law and other organizations. Deborah is licensed to practice clinical social work in Louisiana and Texas, a Board Approved Supervisor in Texas and admitted to practice law in Louisiana, Texas and the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.