Ethical Challenges in Behavioral Health

MentorHealth
Date: Friday October 18, 2019
Time:

10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT

Duration: 90 Minutes
Instructor: Frederic Reamer
Webinar Id: 801814
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Overview:

Behavioral health professionals encounter a wide range of challenging ethical issues. Some ethical issues are longstanding, for example, understanding the limits of clients' confidentiality rights and managing complex boundary issues. Other ethical issues are much more recent, for example, understanding new ethics standards concerning practitioners' use of technology to deliver services and communicate with clients.

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of compelling ethical and risk-management challenges in behavioral health. Dr. Frederic Reamer will explore high-risk ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients and practitioners. The webinar will include a series of challenging ethics cases and explore practical steps that professionals can take to manage ethical issues skillfully.

Key topics will include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients' rights, termination of services, and practitioners' and clients' use of technology. Dr. Reamer will discuss relevant ethical standards; statutes, regulations, and case law; national practice standards; documentation; supervision; and consultation.

Why should you Attend: Behavioral health professionals encounter a wide range of challenging ethical issues. Skillful management of ethical issues is essential in order to protect clients and prevent lawsuits and ethics complaints.

This webinar will include "must have" information that will be provided by Dr. Frederic Reamer, who has served as an expert witness and formal consultant in more than 100 malpractice lawsuits and licensing board cases involving behavioral health professionals.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Ethical challenges in behavioral health: The anatomy of ethical dilemmas
  • Difficult cases: boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients' rights, termination of services, use of technology, documentation
  • Risk-management strategies to protect clients
  • prevent ethics complaints and litigation (the relationship between standards of care and ethical standards)
  • Ethical decision-making strategies (decision-making protocols; codes of ethics; ethics literature; ethics committees; relevant regulations, statutes, and case law; national practice standards)
  • Questions/answers

Who Will Benefit:
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Substance use Treatment Professionals

Speaker Profile
Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He chaired the national task force that wrote the code of ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers. Reamer is the author of more than 20 books and 140 journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. He has been a social worker in correctional and mental health settings and specializes in professional ethics.

Reamer has been an expert witness and ethics consultant in more than 100 court (litigation) cases and licensing board cases involving ethical and risk-management issues.

His books include Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action (Columbia University Press); Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press); Social Work Values and Ethics (Columbia University Press); Ethical Standards in Social Work (NASW Press); and The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool (NASW Press), among others.


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