The risk of ethical and legal trouble is the biggest fear for many mental health professionals. Staying up-to-date on the ever-changing ethical challenges is critical to your success. This recording will teach you how to safeguard yourself from 6 critical areas that pose the greatest challenges. Become confident in your ability to safely avoid today’s top ethical landmines.
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Learn how to avoid the largest pitfalls in the therapist/client relationship
Explore the ethical limits of confidentiality and disclosure
Learn the do’s and don’ts of social media, email and texting
Examine documentation and termination best practices
Bruce J. Spencer, PhD, MA, LMHC, LMSW, NCC, has 44 years of experience as a clinician and administrator of inpatient mental health and chemical dependency programs, including 10 years of independent clinical practice. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has 10 years of experience as an adjunct professor of psychology. Additionally, he has written curricula for ethics and solution-focused treatment and published numerous articles about ethics. Specializing in ethical issues, he has more than 1,000 hours of advanced education in ethics, a certification in Advanced Ethical Studies, and has presented ethics seminars for 40 years. He is licensed in Washington (LMHC) and Michigan (LMSW), as well as by the National Board of Counselors Association.
Financial: Bruce Spencer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Bruce Spencer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Describe ethical issues that can negatively impact the therapist and client relationship.
Identify important limits to confidentiality guidelines.
Examine what constitutes a boundary crossing vs. an ethical violation.
Recall the risks of using technology to communicate with clients.
Explain the importance of socio-cultural competency.
Summarize the elements of a true conjoint treatment plan.
The Therapist and Client Relationship
Ethics and Standards Overview
Objectivity and your clients
Clinical presence and professional influence
Rationalizations that can harm the client
Opinions and values the therapist needs to manage
Ethical disclosures and confidentiality limits
Informed consent and education of client about mandated disclosures
Your obligation when imminent risk of danger is present for the client or others
Decisions to inform third parties and documentation
Interpreting the ethical language regarding relationships
What constitutes a boundary crossing vs. an ethical violation?
Is a client necessarily always “off bounds” with regard to future social interaction?
What exceptions exist and are they legitimate?
Ethical Practice In A Techno World
Risks of using email, texting, “tweeting” and other electronic messaging
Risks of social networking with clients
Internet and Skype counselling risks
Can a clinician be 100% socially and culturally competent?
If the clinician does not feel competent with a specific socio-cultural issue, does referring the client to another make a negative statement to the client?
Does a clinician need to be an “expert” to counsel persons of diversity?
Treatment Plans, Documentation, and Termination
Over-emphasis on diagnostic labels vs treating the client
Establish a true conjoint treatment plan that addresses the client’s needs and abilities
Attention to appropriate documentation and avoiding “omission or exaggeration” of client issues
Informing the client of the treatment focus and ultimate goal of successful termination
Maintaining focus of the treatment on the original goals
Additional Participant CPD must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.