This training addresses therapist responsibility to ensure patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) when therapist values conflict with patient values (highlighting two precedent setting legal cases); (2) working with minors and cultural competence; (3) suicide assessment and crisis intervention; (4) current ethical standard of care in the world of technology, reputation protection, Skype, texting, social media, and HIPAA compliance; and (5) Tarasoff. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program overviews the current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice.
- Registration begins at 8:30 am, and training beings at 9am
- Continental breakfast and afternoon snacks will be provided
Target Audience: Clinicians and Counselors providing mental health services. Course fulfills BBS license renewal requirement of 6 CEUs for Law & Ethics.
By the conclusion of this training:
Participants will be able to name two reasons why it is mandatory to be aware of one’s own personal and professional values and how to maintain “value neutrality.”
Participants will be able to name the four ways psychotherapists ae held accountable for our actions as clinicians and avoid licensing and disciplinary actions, and also note trends in licensing and civil violations.
Participants will be able to identify the two sides of whether or not Skype is HIPAA compliant, and to identify and increase awareness of legal and ethical issues related to cybertherapy, technology, and social media in clinical practice.
Participants will be able to name two reasons why California is a “duty to protect” state and no longer a “duty to warn” state.
Participants will be able to name two reasons why it is important to use “bracketing.”
Participants will be able to name two reasons why NSSI is related to suicide with minors and young adults.
Featured Speaker: Dr. Pamela Harmell, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized lecturer specializing in University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice. Dr. Harmell is a past Chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee, serves as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and is the former President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (2009). Dr. Harmell received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Board of Psychology where she served her final year as President.
Refund Policy: Full refund of $75 registration fee if cancellation occurs 1 week prior to training.
**For any questions or accommodations, please contact Jessica Gavidia at (818) 901-6376 or JGavidia@sfvcmhc.org
Six (6) CEU’s will be provided by SFVCMHC, Inc.’s CEU Provider # 54211. This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Mental Health Clinicians. The San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc., maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.