Classroom Course » Law and Ethics in Mental Health Practice (part 1)

Dates & Times:
May 14, Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hosted By:
Felton Institute Research and Training

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This course provides an analysis of the legal grounds for malpractice litigation as related to the issue of standard of care and scope of practice. It outlines the essential components of legal proceedings such as subpoenas, depositions, issues of client confidentiality, privileged communication pertaining to the conduct of casework, individual, couple, family, and group therapy/counseling.   It analyses the relationship between ethics and the law and offers a framework in the management of ethical dilemmas related to relationships with clients, colleagues, and employers.  

It provides understanding of the relationship between moral values, social work values and the management of liability risk. It offers a brief discussion of the "Patriot Act" and its impact on patient's right and privacy. It discussed the  "Tarasoff" rule involving "duty to warn" and the elaboration of this rule by courts and statute after this case was decided.

1. Apply the legal principles underlining professional liability in his/her professional practices.

2. Identify and manage the potential ethical and moral dilemmas encountered in his/her professional practice.

3. Handle client/patient's confidential information, develop and retain client/patient records in an ethical manner that would also guard against legal liability

4. Identify and Apply the legal exceptions to the confidentiality rule in working with clients in crisis situations and in collaboration with other service providers

5. Formulate and develop appropriate policies and procedures that are compliant with legal mandates and at the same time, minimize liability risks and ensure high quality of care.

6. Identify the moral, legal, and ethical dilemma in conducting individual, group, family casework/therapy.

7. Formulate treatment strategy and care plans that are consistent with professional cannon of ethics and appropriate standard of care.

Intended Audience:

Social workers, psychologists, case managers, and other mental health/behavioral professionals, substance abuse counselors, other health care professionals and, healthcare educators.

Session Notes:
Zoom link and related documents will be available May 7th.

Course completion certificates will be awarded to participants who attend the training in full within 3 business days after completing the course evaluation.

Felton Institute's continuing education programs provides an ongoing process of formal learning that are relevant to psychological practices and education. Our courses enable psychologist to keep stride with current scientific evidence -based approaches related to assessment, prevention, intervention, as well as relevant legal, statutory, or regulatory issues. Our continuing education courses allow psychologist to maintain, develop and increase competencies to improve services provided to clients and enhance professional development.


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