Key Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals:
What Therapists Should Always Do, Never Do, and/or Really Don’t Have to Do
Presented by Michael Griffin, J.D, LCSW, CAMFT Staff Attorney
HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF?
- My client just wants a letter, what’s the harm?
- If my client never returned, isn’t the therapy terminated?
- If I ignore a subpoena won’t I be holding privilege for my client?
- Can’t I keep working with my client through Skype if they move out of state?
This workshop focuses on legal and ethical issues that have fundamental importance to psychotherapists.
- Utilize the term, ‘standard of care’ as it pertains to psychotherapy.
- Describe the terms, ‘scope of practice’ and ‘scope of competence’ in clinical practice.
- Distinguish consent for treatment of adults vs. consent for the treatment of minors.
- Compare dual relationships and conflicts of interest.
- Explain psychotherapist-patient privilege and confidentiality.
- List legal and ethical requirements for handling requests for patient records.
- Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when working with dangerous and/or suicidal clients.
- Assess legal and ethical issues which may arise during termination.
- Analyze legal and ethical issues which may arise when writing letters for clients.
- Identify legal and ethical issues which may arise when working with clients who are involved with the legal system.
- Describe legal and ethical issues which may arise when providing services via telehealth.
- Identify legal and ethical considerations in the documentation of treatment.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, CAMFT Staff Attorney, obtained his LCSW in 1982. He received his MSW degree from University of Southern California in 1980 and obtained his licensure in 1982. He received his Juris Doctor as part of the first class at Chapman University School of Law in 1998 acquiring his law license in 2002. Mr. Griffin has broad experience as a mental health professional. Over the course of his career he has been employed as a therapist, clinical case manager, clinical supervisor, served as program manager and outpatient clinical director and was the director of clinical operations for one of the largest non-profit organizations in Orange County, California. For several years, Mr. Griffin was employed in the department of Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. During his time there, he worked as a child-family therapist, clinical supervisor, outpatient clinical director and was the coordinator of school-based mental health programs. Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist in Orange County, CA and attorney with CAMFT where he consults with CAMFT members regarding legal and ethical issues.
Licensed CAMFT Members: $120 / $140
Non-Members: $135 / $155
Prelicensed: $75 / $95
Early Registration ends September 15th
Fee includes 6 CEs, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and 6 hours of continuing education credits for Licensed Psychologists and Registered Nurses (see below for details).
8:00 - 8:30am Check-in, Continental breakfast
8:30 - 11:45 Morning Program (Break 10:00 - 10:15)
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 4:00 Afternoon Program (Break 2:15 - 2:30)
You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted to Bonnie Rose Fernandez by email at email@example.com
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Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in it's entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.
MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Provider# 050097.
APA Continuing Education Credits
- American Psychological Association: Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.
- California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
- California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences