When mental health professionals discuss ethics, many times the discussion evokes fear and paranoia. Practitioners frequently confuse law with ethics. Our professional organizations have written ethics and standards for the purpose of establishing guidelines for practice. These are not intended to be laws. "Ethics" is not about avoiding legal action; rather it is about knowing and practicing within the expectations of our profession. Even though our disciplines are referred to as the "helping professions," we must remain mindful of the scope and limitations of practice. Our product is intangible in the sense that outcomes vary among customers, yet we are held accountable for those outcomes. We never know if a client is going to request our records or presence in a legal matter. This course will help sort out fact from fiction about the nature of ethics and their application in practice. Clinicians will gain an appreciation for the purpose and application of ethical standards, while learning to decrease risk in the practice.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Learn how your professional ethics are being construed as laws in malpractice actions
- Learn how to protect your clients and yourself from "boundary" misinterpretations
- Insure your clients´ rights and protect yourself from "confidentiality" errors
- Learn how poor communication of patient treatment plans and poor documentation can lead to bad outcomes
- Practices to insure confidentiality and protect your client and yourself
- How to avoid possible boundary violations
- Discuss how to appropriately terminate therapy, without abandonment
- Learn how to provide therapy based upon "clinical necessity"
- Identify what is needed to insure competent therapeutic intervention
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Bruce J. Spencer, M.A., LPCC, LMHC, LMSW, has 30 years experience as a provider and administrator of inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency programs, including ten years of independent clinical practice. He has presented ethics seminars for 20 years and has written curricula for ethics and solution-focused treatment. Mr. Spencer is currently the Lead Utilization Review clinician for Fairfax psychiatric hospital in Kirkland, Washington. He has held the position of Senior Vice President of Care Management for a large medical group in Seattle, Washington, as well as having served as the State Executive Director for a national managed care company. Having earned a doctorate in psychology, he also has 10 years of experience as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. He has made numerous appearances as a mental health expert on regional television, and has served as a consultant for program development. His regional acknowledgment as a speaker and author helps make him a very proficient and skilled seminar instructor.
Spencer's ethics seminar is one of the best workshops I've attended. He referenced real legal cases and clinical examples that will help me with clinical decisions I make on a daily basis."
- Donna Hanlon,
MSW, LCSW, Tacoma, WA
"This course was very helpful in clarifying ethics in my profession that will help protect me. I found the seminar to be very clear, concise and informative. I got a lot out of the day and plan to change some things in my practice." - Sonia Stevens, Social Worker, Fairfax, VA
"Dynamic and interesting speaker. He made what could have been a dry topic interesting, informative and sometimes funny. Bruce Spencer has an excellent knowledge base on ethics for clinical practice." - Brenda Gillette, Licensed Professional Counselor, Fairfax, VA
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Psychiatric Nurses
- School Counselors
- School Psychologists
- Crisis Intervention Specialists
- Case Managers
- Substance Abuse Counselors
- State and Federal Counselors
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program (Provider #369). This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider #044013109, this course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6 CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on the APA guidelines.
This program is approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (Approval #0776) for 6 CASAC hours--CASAC Section 4; CPP Section 3; and CPS Section 3.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. (NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this program.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
This program has been approved for 6 contact hours of continuing education under the auspices of the National Association of Social Workers New York State Continuing Education Recognition Program. Approval number S-373-G.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 6 clock hours of continuing education.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM