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Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

General Information

Title: Legal and Ethical Issues for NY Psychotherapists

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

Dates: Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM ET

Fee: $90. Includes handouts, CE credits, and 2 months access to recordings.

Venue: Online Webinar

CE Credits: 3

Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

Description

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.

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.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

Objectives

1. Identify 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

CE Information

Continuing Education Credits (3) are granted through Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, LMFTs, and LCATs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

 

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. 

 

APA 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

 

NBCC 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting PLLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7503. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

 

New York State Social Workers  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC 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-0785. 

 

New York State Mental Health Counselors  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC 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-0195 

 

New York State Psychology  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC 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-0072. 

 

 New York State Marriage Therapy 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC 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-0121. 

 

New York State Creative Arts Therapist  

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC 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 creative arts therapists. #CAT-0112. 

References

Lustgarten, S. D., Sinnard, M. T., & Elchert, D. M. (2020). Data after death: Record keeping considerations for unexpected departures of mental health providers. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 51(4), 362.

Nittari, G., Khuman, R., Baldoni, S., Pallotta, G., Battineni, G., Sirignano, A., … & Ricci, G. (2020). Telemedicine practice: review of the current ethical and legal challenges. Telemedicine and e-Health, 26(12), 1427-1437.

Roaten, K., Browne, S., Pollio, D. E., Khan, F., & North, C. S. (2022). Comparison of violence risk screening experiences of emergency department clinicians. Hospital Practice, (just-accepted).

Journal Articles

Barnett, J.  (2019). The ethical practice of psychotherapy: clearly within our reach.  Psychotherapy, 56 (4), 431-440.

Simpson, S, Richardson L, Pietrabissa G, Castelnuovo G, & Reid C. (2020)  Videotherapy and therapeutic alliance in the age of COVID-19.  Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 28 (2), 409-421.

Wardi-Zonna K, Hardy J, Sanders E & Hardy R. (2020) Mental health professionals and the use of social media: navigating ethical challenges. Journal of Social Work and Ethics, 17 (2), 68-77.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or 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 sign/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.

 

Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

Policies

Application Deadline:  July 1, 2024, 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 June 2nd. 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).

Accessibility

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

Course level

Introductory

Level of clinician 

Introductory

Accessibility

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

Our Grievance Policy for trainings 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.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

Schedule

July 2, 2024

10 AM--10:45.  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.

 

10:45--11:15 Informed consent, adults, adolescents and children. HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.

 

11:15--11:145  Issues with child abuse and neglect identification and reporting in NYS.

 

11:45--12:15. Assessing and managing at-risk patients; the duty to protect, the NY SAFE Act

 

12:15--1:00  a) ccess to treatment records by patients, Article 18 of NYPHL, HIPAA. b) Confidentiality and privilege and disclosing treatment information to 3rd parties. Subpoenas. c) Terminating treatment and avoiding abandonment. d) Malpractice and professional discipline, risk management, most common complaints.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

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