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Key Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals: What Therapists Should Always Do, Never Do and/or Really Don't Have To Do; Presented by Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, CAMFT Staff Attorney - 6 CEs Credit

Level of Learning: Intermediate

Workshop Description:
Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, Staff Attorney, presents this six-hour workshop that focuses upon legal and ethical issues that have fundamental importance to psychotherapists. The specific topics which are addressed vary from workshop to workshop, but typically include some discussion of standards of care, scope of practice, scope of competence, consent/informed consent for treatment, consent for the treatment of minors, avoiding conflicts of interest, psychotherapist-patient privilege, confidentiality, handling requests for records, key aspects of documentation, avoiding problems during termination, avoiding problems when working with clients who are involved with the legal system, writing letters for clients, working with dangerous and/or suicidal clients and issues related to the provision of services via telehealth

Learning Objectives
This workshop is designed to help you:
1) Apply the term standard of care as it pertains to psychotherapists;
2) Apply the terms scope of practice and scope of competence in clinical practice;
3) Distinguish consent for treatment of adults vs. consent for the treatment of minors;
4) Distinguish dual relationships and conflicts of interest;
5) Distinguish psychotherapist-patient privilege and confidentiality;
6) Identify legal and ethical requirements for handling requests for patient records;
7) Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when working with dangerous and/or suicidal clients;
8) Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise during termination;
9) Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when writing letters for clients;
10) Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when working with clients who are involved with the legal system;
11) Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when providing services via telehealth;
12) Identify legal and ethical considerations in the documentation of treatment.