Seminar Detail

Massachusetts Mental Health & The Law 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

As a mental health professional, you not only deal with critical clinical matters with your clients – you must also stay up-to-date on seemingly ever-changing laws and procedures. Keeping up-to-date is essential in order to protect your clients and yourself. At this comprehensive one-day seminar you will gain an understanding of confidentiality, privilege, guardianship, ethical issues, (including key concepts and trends), patient/client treatment rights, informed consent, and much more, that will help you stay on top of issues that arise in everyday clinical situations.

  1. Explain the reporting laws regarding abuse and duty to warn.
  2. Compare release of information requirements for a subpoena vs a court order.
  3. Discuss decision-making and risk management strategies.
  4. Identify alternatives to guardianship.
  5. Explain ethical challenges and risks involving conflict of interest and boundary issues.
  6. Describe the treatment rights of individuals and the use of informed consent.


Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D., has been a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, for over 30 years. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the current National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Dr. Reamer lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. In addition to ethics, his research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, and public welfare. Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, Carnegie Corporation, Haas Foundation, and Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, and the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics and is the author of many books, including: Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; and The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Frederic Reamer is a Professor, School of Social Work, for Rhode Island College.

Non-financial: Frederic Reamer is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


Adam J. Nussenbaum, JD, has been in private practice for 23 years, with a concentration in guardianship/conservatorship law and other probate matters. He represents families, hospitals, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, and individuals in guardianship/conservatorship proceedings. Attorney Nussenbaum also serves as guardian, conservator, trustee, guardian ad litem and Rogers medication monitor on behalf of individuals with mental and developmental disabilities and the elderly. Prior to opening his private practice, he was a senior manager for a non-profit human service agency operating residential programs for youths and individuals with disabilities. Attorney Nussenbaum is a frequent lecturer on guardianship and conservatorship law for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Attorney Nussenbaum received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Florida, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Probate and Family Inn of Court.


David Aptaker, Esquire, practices law in Stoneham, Massachusetts. He is currently an instructor at Tufts University and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Suffolk Law School for 14 years. Prior to entering private practice, he was an attorney for several human service agencies in the Commonwealth, including the Department of Social Services and The Office for Children. Attorney Aptaker’s practice concentrates in mental health and disability law, family law, human services and hospital law, and children’s law. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Suffolk Law School, he has previously taught at Harvard University Extension School and several Boston area colleges. Attorney Aptaker is a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs for lawyers and health professionals on guardianship and related issues.


Diane M. Geraghty Hall, JD, is a partner in the law firm of Geraghty Hall & Ready, LLP specializing in health law with a concentration in mental health. She has been practicing for over 20 years in mental health law. She represents many psychiatric facilities and mental health providers in a variety of matters including patient care issues, commitments and guardianships. She lectures extensively on health law, provides training for new residents and is also an adjunct associate professor of Health Law at Boston University School of Public Health.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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