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Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists 

Presenter: Bruce V. Hillowe, JD, PhD, Attorney-Psychologist

Dates: Thursday August 18, 2022 10 AM–1 PM  

Fee: $120












Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, extensive handouts (including forms), and CE credits.

This online workshop will be live and interactive.
You will be able to ask the presenter questions. The training will be recorded. All participants will have access to recordings for 8 weeks.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.




This workshop will review the essential ethical and legal background for the provision of psychotherapy by licensed social workers/psychologists in New York State.  Practitioners will be provided with templates for record-keeping, informed consent, HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices, authorizations for the release of patient information, forms for the denial of access to patient information and other clinical/legal documents.  Topics will include:

1.  Beginning and planning psychotherapeutic treatment, supervision and consultation, and the basics of record-keeping. Contents of records.  Foundations of standards of care, including statutes, professional regulations, caselaw and NASW/APA Codes of Ethics.

2.  Informed consent, adults, adolescents and children. HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.

3.  Issues with child abuse and neglect identification and reporting in NYS.

4.  Assessing and managing at-risk patients; the duty to protect, the NY SAFE Act

5.  Access to treatment records by patients, Article 18 of NYPHL, HIPAA.

6.  Confidentiality and privilege and disclosing treatment information to 3rd parties. Subpoenas.

7.  Terminating treatment and avoiding abandonment.

8.  Malpractice and professional discipline, risk management, most common complaints.





Learning Objectives

  • At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:


  • 1. Learn current and basic ethical and legal backgrounds for psychotherapy practice.
  • 2. Plan and prepare to implement record-keeping and documentation requirements for psychotherapy practice.
  • 3. Analyze the process of the evaluation, reporting and recording of at-risk patients and circumstances.
  • 4. Apply risk management principles without compromising clinical integrity.
  • 5. Utilize tools to make clinical decisions in accordance with ethical, legal and risk management guidelines. 

Application Deadline

August 17, 2022 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable until August 1, 2022.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

The Grievance Policy for trainings provided by NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Meet the Instructor:











Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D.  is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Garden City, New York.  A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University Derner Institute (Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Programs), he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and director of a forensic mental health service.  He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. He currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute.   He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. He has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and healthcare publications, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in healthcare law and is a “SuperLawyer” featured in the New York Times Magazine.






Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions, Standards and Cases. Koocher, GP and Keith-Speigel P (2016), Fourth Edition. New York, Oxford Univ Press.


Ethical Standards in Social Work, Reamer, F., NASW Press, 2018


APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology, Editor, S. J. Knapp, APA Press, Washington Dc, 2012


Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide. Pope, KS and Vasquez MJT (2016), Fifth Edition, Hoboken, NJ, Wiley.


Code of Ethics of the NASW 2021, at https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English


Ethical Principles and Code of Ethics of the American Psychological Association, 2016, at https://www.apa.org/ethics/code


Code of Ethics of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists at http://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/Legal_Ethics/Code_of_Ethics.aspx


New York State Law, Rules and Regulations regulating mental health practitioner practice at www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/


HIPAA Privacy Rule at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/summary/index.html



Bruce Hillowe Workshop

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August 18
10:00 am - 1:00 pm