Learning Objectives :
1. Apply the legal principles such as grounds for malpractice, criteria for tort claims underlining professional liability in mental Health Practice
2. Discuss and analyze the sources and nature of standard of care in working with clients at risk for suicide and violence.
3. Assess the level of risk of potentially violent client and analyze personal and professional liability risk coming from failure to protect supervisees,colleagues, employees and other clients in working with and handling potential violent clients.
4. Identify and manage interpersonal boundaries that can create risk of professional liability and ethical quandaries such as a) avoidable and unavoidable dual relationships, b) concurrent and consecutive dual Relationships, C) individual versus institutional dual relationships.
5. Describe and apply the legal principles behind the law of defamation to avoid and manage the risk of slandering and libeling clients, third parties and others in the course of mental health/social work practice through clinical documentation,testimonies, in providing references and letter of recommendations.
6. Explain,assess and design strategies in managing professional liability risk derived from negligence and misconduct of supervisees and employees.
7. Formulate and design appropriate policies and procedures to minimize liability risks and ensure high quality of care.