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Massachusetts Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians
Digital Seminar
$219.99 USD
$99.00 USD
Product Details
Format:
Digital Seminar
Details:
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
Author:
SUSAN J. LEWIS, PH.D., J.D.
Publisher:
PESI Inc.
Copyright:
9/29/2020
CE Available:
No, CE credit is not available
Product Code:
POS048525
Objectives
  1. Describe how to avoid litigation dilemmas, licensing complaints and malpractice actions.
  2. Analyze the legal and ethical considerations for the treatment of minor populations in Massachusetts with regard to age of consent, confidentiality and custody concerns.
  3. Explain how an understanding of common boundary and dual relationship issues/dilemmas can help you maintain appropriate relationships with your clients.
  4. Identify the ethical challenges you should consider when responding to subpoenas that request disclosure of client records.
  5. Discuss the limits of confidentiality as it relates to duty to warn law in Massachusetts.
  6. Demonstrate how risk management strategies regarding technology can keep client information secure and avoid violating HIPAA.
Outline

Clinician-Client Relationship

  • Law vs. ethics
  • Elements of legal informed consent
  • Nuts and bolts of office policies
    • Records vs. psychotherapy notes
    • What to put in a record
  • Limitations on confidentiality
    • Massachusetts case law & danger to others
    • Massachusetts duty to warn potential victims HIPAA
    • The latest updates you need to know

Practical Approach to Risk Management

  • Elements of consent
  • Competence & scope of practice
  • Boundary violations/crossings
  • Issues with modern technology
    • Texting, cell phones, e-mail, video psychotherapy
  • Perils of supervision

Litigation

  • Licensing complaints & malpractice lawsuits
    • Massachusetts-specific statutes
    • Massachusetts rules and regulations
    • Case law and how to find it

Navigate the Legal System

  • Roles of attorneys
  • Confidentiality/privilege
  • Subpoena & disclosure of confidential information
  • Depositions, interrogatories, expert testimony

Treatment of Minors

  • Massachusetts age of majority
  • Consent to treatment
  • Privilege/confidentiality
  • Separation & divorce

Case Studies

Author

SUSAN J. LEWIS, PH.D., J.D.

Susan J. Lewis, Ph.D., J.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and lawyer. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice with unique populations that have included female sexual offenders incarcerated at a woman’s prison, self-injurious individuals, forensic patients and individuals who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Lewis has served in leadership roles as clinical director, program manager, and supervisor for psychiatry residents and post-doctoral psychologists.

Currently, Dr. Lewis teaches courses on Law and Ethics in Mental Health that are state specific to the laws of each state. She has also lectured nationwide on the DSM5® and differential diagnosis. She taught courses at Harvard’s Extension School and Northeastern University on the Psychology of Criminal Behavior. She is the author of Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice (PPM, 2016) and her latest book From Deep Within: A Forensic and Clinical Psychologist’s Journey (2018).

A sought-after consultant, Dr. Lewis works with attorneys on controversial issues such as dangerousness, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility evaluations, and civil and criminal commitment. She works with attorneys on strategies of how mental illness might impinge of legal decision-making. Dr. Lewis has been adjudicated an expert in almost all of the district and superior courts in Massachusetts.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Lewis is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Susan Lewis is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Continuing Education Credits
CE Credit is not available for this product.
Audience
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals