Seminar Detail

Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making in Behavioral Health: How to Practice in a Safe and Ethical Way
Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making in Behavioral Health: How to Practice in a Safe and Ethical Way

Where:   FARGO, ND

When:  Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

As a mental health professional, you are confronted on a regular basis with the challenges of complex ethical and legal issues. Knowing and applying an ethical decision making framework will provide you with tools to:
  • manage ethical issues in a systematic way
  • separate facts from assumptions and biases
  • track the potential harms of each course of action
  • formulate an ethical rationale for selecting the least harmful option
  • decide on the most appropriate way to implement your choice
  • assess what went wrong, or could go wrong, so you can prevent it from happening

Attend this seminar and learn a unique decision making model that does not tell you which ethical principle is most important (as do some other models), but provides you with options and raises critical questions to help you decide which principal trumps others. Learning this model will also help you to formulate reasons for choosing how to intervene with other professionals or clients in an ethical and safe way. This reflective model will enable you to be the proactive practitioner you want to be!

Through case examples, you will be able to apply the skills right away! Case examples will focus on the issues of confidentiality, informed consent, boundaries and dual relationships and self-determination.
Objectives:

  1. Utilize an ethical decision making framework to recognize, analyze, resolve and/or prevent ethical problems and dilemmas in your clinical practice.
  2. Communicate how an understanding of common boundary and dual relationship issues/dilemmas can help you maintain appropriate relationships with your clients.
  3. Determine conditions and limits of self-determination in order to avoid negatively impacting the therapeutic alliance.
  4. Identify ethical issues concerning confidentiality and informed consent, recognize their limits and employ safeguards in your clinical practice.
  5. Analyze the limits of confidentiality as it relates to duty to warn law in clinical practice.
  6. Recognize ethical challenges you should consider when responding to subpoenas that request disclosure of client records.
OUTLINE

Common Ethical Issues
  • Professional obligations vs clients’ rights
  • Conflicting obligations and expectations
  • Professional truth telling to clients
  • Distribution of limited resources
  • Professional adherence to regulations and policies that may harm clients
Ethical Codes
  • Characteristics, functions, and limits
  • The intersection of the law and ethical codes: congruence and conflict
Defensive and Safe Practice
  • Practice according to the law
  • Steps to reduce legal vulnerability
  • Respond to subpoenas
  • Four elements of malpractice
  • Responding to impaired, incompetent, and/or unethical behavior of professionals
  • Duty to warn law
Practice Ethical Self-Reflection
  • How demographic characteristics, values and beliefs influence ethical decision making
  • Prioritization of ethical principles
  • Ability to tolerate morally ambiguous situations
Apply a Model of Ethical Decision Making
  • Discern the facts
  • Assess ethical principles in conflict
  • What may or did go wrong and why
  • Short and long-term goals and their compatibility
  • Assess the harms of choosing different options
  • Develop strategies to prevent or rectify errors
Confidentiality and Informed Consent
  • Distinguish confidentiality, privacy and privilege
  • Confidentiality violations and consequences
  • Limits to confidentiality
  • Situations that require informed consent
  • Limits of informed consent
  • Case examples and small group discussion
Dual Relationship, Boundary Errors and Ethical Dilemmas
  • Signs of possible problems
  • Set clear, appropriate and culturally sensitive boundaries
  • Case examples and small group discussions
  • Prevention of harmful dual relationships or other boundary violations
Self-Determination
  • Conditions for self-determination
  • Limits or interference
  • Case examples and small group discussion
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

LINDA CHERREY REESER, MSW, LMSW, PH.D.

Linda Cherrey Reeser, PhD, is a licensed social worker who has been teaching and consulting in Michigan for over 30 years. Dr. Reeser’s areas of professional expertise include ethics, professionalism, field education, activism and social change. Dr. Reeser wrote a book on ethics with Dr. Wade Robison, Ethical Decision Making in Social Work (Allyn & Bacon). She is a long-standing member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and has served on the Michigan Chapter Board as well as the Michigan NASW Ethics Committee.

Dr. Reeser is a full professor in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she serves as the coordinator of the BSW program, and has been teaching undergraduate and graduate social work students for 34 years. She received the Teaching Excellence Award from her college and the NASW Michigan Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the social work profession. She has been sought out by lawyers for her expertise in ethics. Her practice experience is in criminal justice and substance abuse.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Linda Cherrey Reeser is a professor at Western Michigan University, School of Social Work. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Linda Cherrey Reeser 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 cepesi@pesi.com 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.

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Ethics
This seminar includes 6.25 hours of general ethics instruction. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.


Addiction Counselors
This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Legal, Ethical and Professional Development skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


Counselors
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Minnesota Counselors: CE credit is available. This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy for 6.25 hours of credit for LPCs and LPCCs.

South Dakota Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

Nebraska Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

North Dakota Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


Marriage & Family Therapists
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Minnesota Marriage & Family Therapists: This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapists for 6.25 continuing education credits.

North Dakota Marriage & Family Therapists: This course has been approved by the North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board for 6.25 hours of credit. Approval #2019-003-016CE.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Iowa Nurses: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.3 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.


Psychologists & Psychiatrists
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Psychiatrists
PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists
The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

Minnesota Psychologists: This activity has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Psychology for 6.5 continuing education hours.

North Dakota Psychologists: CE credit is available. PESI, Inc. was approved by the North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners to sponsor this continuing education program for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit.

South Dakota Psychologists: CE credit is available. This live activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.


Social Workers
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Ethics continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Minnesota Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This course has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours.


Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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