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Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice

About the Course:

"Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice"

This course is based on the book by the same name. This course provides mental health clinicians with practical guidance, strategies, solutions, as well as up-to-date information, covering vital ethical and legal topics in a practical and easily accessible format. Topics covered in this course include: risk management, contracts, HIPAA, privileged communication, licensing complaints, supervision pitfalls, rights of minors, and use of technology.

Publication Date:

PESI Publishing, First Edition 2016

Course Material Author

Susan J. Lewis, Ph.D., J.D.

Susan J. Lewis, Ph.D., J.D., is a licensed psychologist, forensic psychologist, and attorney who has more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice. In addition to her clinical practice, she has served in numerous leadership and consultative roles regarding clinical as well as legal/ethical issues. In addition, she is a speaker, author, presenter, and trainer.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for all mental health professionals who are seeking additional knowledge about vital legal and ethical issues affecting the provision of mental health services, as well as information about strategies for best practices for avoiding litigation, complaints, and malpractice. This course is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe and discuss the legal and ethical issues in the practice of providing mental health services.

  2. Describe and discuss risk management strategies and best practices for avoiding litigation, complaints, and malpractice.

  3. Describe and discuss fiduciary contracts, HIPAA guidelines, working with attorneys, and mental health in the courtroom.

  4. Describe and discuss informed consent and privileged communication.

  5. Describe and discuss other legal and ethical issues impacting the practice of providing mental health services, including licensing complaints, technology, confidentiality, supervision issues, and balancing the rights of minors and their parents.

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Course Number 102742
7.5 credit hours
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