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Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health (virtual), Dec. 9, 2021
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"Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health (virtual)"(December 9, 2021)

Program times: 9:00am - noon PST, (Noon - 3pm EST)

Continuing Education: 3 hours

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Cancellation Policy: Tuition, minus a $25.00 administrative fee, will be refunded to those providing a written notice of their intent to cancel no less than three weeks prior to the program registered for. With less than three weeks but more than two business days before the event, a written cancellation will result in a workshop credit, minus the $25.00 administrative fee, for use at another workshop within the next three years. With less than two business days notice, no refund or credit is provided under any circumstances. At any time another person may be substituted for the registrant without penalty.


Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health (virtual)

Mental health professionals are regularly faced with ethical and legal conundrums in their clinical practice. This program will review the law of negligence so clinicians can understand what plaintiffs are required to prove to succeed in a malpractice case. Common pitfalls will be reviewed to avoid malpractice suits and discipline by state licensure boards. Differences between confidentiality and privilege and HIPPA duties will be explained. Advice will be given on how to balance your duty to keep client information confidential against your duty to protect others from serious physical harm. Finally, documentation techniques to reduce the risk of adverse consequences will be covered, particularly in clients who are at risk for suicide. This three hour program is essential for mental health professionals to improve their understanding of the legal and ethical issues that are critical for performing at the standard of practice.

Workshop Content

Explain how negligence law applies to mental health malpractice
Trends in Mental Health Malpractice: A Tale of Sex and Violence
Confidentiality and Privilege
The Duty to Protect Others

Workshop Objectives

Describe basic concepts in the law of negligence
Identify common pitfalls that increase the risk of law suits and discipline by state licensing boards
Identify three techniques that reduce risk of malpractice
Describe the difference between confidentiality and privilege
Be able to balance clients’ right to confidentiality against legal duties to protect others from serious physical harm.
Know when there is a duty to protect intended victim(s) from the violence of a client
Identify the legal requirements for protecting a possible victim

Phillip Resnick, M.D.
Phillip Resnick, M.D.Phillip J. Resnick is an internationally known forensic psychiatrist noted for his expertise in the assessment of violence risk and the detection of malingered mental illness.  He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.  He has provided consultation in many high profile cases including:  Jeffrey Dahmer, Susan Smith, Timothy McVey, Andrea Yates, Scott Petersen, Brian Mitchell (kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart), Theodore Kaczynski (Unabomber) and Casey Anthony.  He has written over 215 professional journal articles and book chapters.  Dr. Resnick contributed two chapters to Clinical Assessment of Malingering and Deception.  He received the Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry and psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence. He has lectured in 49 states and 24 countries. Dr. Resnick’s presentations are well organized, humorous and packed with vital information.


Virtual training - will be conducted through the Zoom platform to your computer or laptop.


Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health, paid by Nov. 12, 2021

Legal and Ethical Issues in Mental Health, paid after Nov. 12, 2021