Seminar Detail

Massachusetts Mental Health & The Law - 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016 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, patient/client treatment policies, informed consent, ethical trends and dilemmas, 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 the requirements of subpoenas and court orders.
  3. Explain the treatment rights of individuals and the use of informed consent.
  4. Discuss health care proxy procedures and issues.
  5. Identify decision-making and risk management strategies.
  6. Discuss ethical/legal standards of care.


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.


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.


Miriam Ruttenberg, JD, is a senior attorney with Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. She has been with MHLAC since the end of 2000 and has represented and advocated for adults and children with mental health issues in a range of areas, including custody and visitation, guardianship matters, and special education needs. More recently, Attorney Ruttenberg has been working on privacy of medical records issues, legislative advocacy around inpatient rights and school discipline issues, and coordinating MHLAC trainings for attorneys and clinicians. Prior to coming to MHLAC, Attorney Ruttenberg practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia at a small civil rights law firm doing family law, employment, and juvenile cases; worked on conditions of confinement cases at the ACLU National Prison Project; and advocated for clients with HIV/AIDS at the Whitman-Walker Clinic Legal Services. Attorney Ruttenberg graduated from Hampshire College and received her JD from American University Washington College of Law.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Miriam Ruttenberg is a senior attorney at Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Miriam Ruttenberg has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

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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