An Ounce of Prevention: California Mental
Health Ethics and the Law
Avoid Unnecessary Liability and High-Risk
Mental health providers are not lawyers; mental health providers don't want to
be lawyers. But providers face complicated issues because of their special
relationship with clients. How can you be a caring helper and still protect
yourself from lawsuits, licensing board complaints, and liability? How can you
enjoy helping the people you've been trained to help while maintaining simple
and manageable records that will protect you?
This seminar will introduce you to both the essential demands of professional
liability and the regulatory demands that mental health providers face. You will
learn how to structure your practice and your business to limit exposure to
risk, as well as discover simple records, notes, and actions that will protect
you in the event of a complaint.
Stop feeling overwhelmed by lawyers and the law. Allow Dr. Flynn to empower you
in your practice and impart the knowledge to implement these processes
immediately, which will enable you to avoid many possible high-risk situations
- Explain how to predict and prevent malpractice
- Describe the paper trail and the importance of
having everything in writing for every client
- Identify the essential practices of record
keeping necessary to protect yourself in the event of a licensing board
- Examine the issues surrounding email, texting,
Facebook, and other electronic forms of communication
- Determine how to most efficiently handle
various high-risk situations
MICHAEL FLYNN, JD, PhD, is a licensed
psychologist with over 25 years of clinical practice, as well as a practicing
attorney in Texas. For two decades, Dr. Flynn regularly conducted psychological
evaluations and provided expert testimony and legal consultation for litigants,
defendants, and agencies in matters of disputed custody, criminal defense and
competency, personal injury, employment disputes, testamentary capacity, and
licensing board complaints.
For the past ten years Dr. Flynn has represented mental health professionals,
providing legal advice and assistance responding to licensing board complaints
and investigations, answering record subpoenas, and attending deposition and
court appearances with mental health professionals. Dr. Flynn has also assisted
mental health professionals with understanding how to use business organizations
to streamline office management and protect themselves from liability.
Dr. Flynn received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Middle Tennessee
State University, his Master of Science degree and Doctorate in clinical
Psychology from the University of North Texas, and his Juris Doctorate from
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He is a member of the American College
of Forensic Psychology, the Texas Psychological Association, the Texas Bar
Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Tarrant County Family Law
Association, and other local groups in Fort Worth, Texas. He has taught abnormal
psychology, human development, and personality theory at the University of North
Texas, Texas Women’s University, and Holy Family College in Philadelphia,
Dr. Flynn’s wealth of knowledge and experience make him an unforgettable and
dynamic instructor! Learn more about him at www.michaelflynnjdphd.com
Financial – Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
“Presenter was excellent-upbeat & humorous-used good examples to explain
“I learned so much information! This seminar was really beneficial and one of
the best I have been to in 26 years.”
“Honestly one of the best trainings I have been to. Michael Flynn was fantastic
Mental Health Clinician
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Marriage and Family Therapists
School Psychologists/Licensed Educational Psychologists
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
Psychiatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Mental Health Office Managers
Hospital Risk Managers
Lawyers who represent mental health agencies and professionals
CREDITS - CE Approvals
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
This course has been approved by Vyne Education, LLC., as a NAADAC Approved
Education Provider, for 6.0 continuing education hours. NAADAC Provider #77600,
Vyne Education, LLC. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
Content includes elements of one of the NAADAC 8 Counselor Skills Group. Full
attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance
may not be awarded based on the NAADAC guidelines.
Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors: California
Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider Number OS-07-902-1117 for 6.0 CEH’s.
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager
Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified
case managers. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit
for partial attendance may not be awarded. The course is approved for 6 CE
contact hour(s). Activity code: S00028510 Approval Number: 170003518. To claim
these CEs, log into your CE Center account at www.ccmcertification.org.
Counselors: California: The State of California, Board of Behavioral Sciences
will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are sponsored by
providers approved by the American Psychological Association and the ASWB. Full
attendance at this course will qualify for 6.0 hours of continuing education
Marriage & Family Therapists: California: The State of California, Board of
Behavioral Sciences will recognize and accept continuing education programs that
are sponsored by providers approved by the American Psychological Association
and the ASWB. Full attendance at this course will qualify for 6.0 hours of
continuing education credit.
Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse
Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing
education. Provider number: 060313. This activity was planned in accordance with
AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. This course is offered for 6.0
Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This
course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing,
Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to
receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
An Ounce of Prevention: California Mental Health Ethics & the Law meets the
criteria of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM)
and is approved for 6 CEUs. Index Number 3GxqQ-kvX6B.
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Vyne Education, LLC. 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.
Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is
approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association
of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1-27-15 to 1-27-18).
Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers
will receive 6 Ethics continuing education clock hours for participating in this
course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state
jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for
licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at www.aswb.org for more information.
This educational offering is at the Beginner level for social workers.
Social Workers: California: The State of California, Board of Behavioral
Sciences will recognize and accept continuing education programs that are
sponsored by providers approved by the American Psychological Association and
the ASWB. Full attendance at this course will qualify for 6.0 hours of
continuing education credit.
This educational offering may qualify toward your professional development
requirement. The educational offering consists of 6 clock hours. Use this
information and your board rules and regulations to calculate professional
development/continuing education credit.
This educational offering is offered for 6 hours of continuing education of
which 6 hours includes discussion of ethics issues.
This educational offering 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.
Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of
All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the
appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.
Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be
awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational
offering and evaluation form.
Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered
by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the
event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating
the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne
ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least
two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance
learning products so that arrangements can be made.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM -