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Live Webinar

Ethical Principles and the Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Suicide Risks for Pennsylvania Mental Health Professionals


Faculty:
Allan M. Tepper
Duration:
Full Day
Product Code:
LWC060180
Brochure Code:
PZA83927
Media Type:
Live Webinar - Also available: Digital Seminar | Live Webinar

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Many continuing education ethics programs are generic in nature. Often, such programs stress risk management strategies to the detriment of the attendees, especially when the program is presented by an attorney.

This program is different. Rather than avoiding clinical issues, this program explores the manner by which clinical and ethical issues affect the everyday practice of the mental health professional in Pennsylvania. This unique blend of clinical and ethical concerns allows for a more meaningful understanding and interpretation of the rules that govern mental health practice.

These goals are reached through the experience and the interactive style of the presenter, Allan M. Tepper, J.D., Psy.D. Different from other individuals who possess joint degrees in psychology and law, Dr. Tepper actually maintains an active psychology practice and an active law practice. He functions as a clinician, and he represents mental health professionals who experience legal difficulties. In this regard, Dr. Tepper brings an extremely unique perspective to the practical understanding of ethics.

These goals also are reached through an updated manual utilized in the seminar. The manual materials are not generic in nature. All of the written materials are state-specific to Pennsylvania.

This seminar fulfills the one hour of continuing education mandated by Act 74 of 2016 for all Pennsylvania licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.

When interacting with an attorney, it sometimes is difficult to hear the words, “Trust me.” For this live webcast, however, we do say, “Trust us!!” We guarantee you won’t walk away disappointed.

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Allan M. Tepper's Profile

Allan M. Tepper Related seminars and products: 11

J.D., Psy.D., Attorney at Law/ Licensed Psychologist


Allan M. Tepper, J.D., Psy.D., is engaged in the private practice of both law and psychology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a psychologist, he specializes in forensic matters and has testified on numerous occasions in cases involving civil, criminal, domestic relations, and death penalty issues. As an attorney, he has extensive trial experience, including the representation of mental health professionals in ethics and licensing board proceedings. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Widener University in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, and at the Philadelphia Chapter of Great Lakes Colleges Association, and an adjunct assistant professor at Immaculate College, Graduate School.

Dr. Tepper frequently conducts ethics training for mental health professionals throughout the United States and is well-known for his engaging style and knowledge of each State's laws and regulations. He publishes frequently in the areas of law and psychology. He is co-author of Pennsylvania Law and Psychology - Third Edition, and Pennsylvania Law, Ethics, and Psychology - Fourth Edition. He received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School and received M.S. and Psy.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania. Visit his website at www.allanmtepper.com.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Allan Tepper is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Allan Tepper has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.


Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


Objectives

  1. Determine specific state and administrative laws that are pertinent to establishing and maintaining an ethical clinical practice.
  2. Develop policies on ethical issues such as restraints, seclusion and informed consent.
  3. Determine which notes, documents, reports, forms, and clinical data constitute an official medical record in the state of Pennsylvania.
  4. Evaluate your current record-keeping practices in order to ensure compliance with ethical and legal requirements in the state of Pennsylvania.
  5. Designate the treatment provider’s responsibilities relating to mental health issues and duty to warn law in Pennsylvania.
  6. Explore the legal and ethical considerations for the treatment of minor populations in Pennsylvania with regard to age of consent, confidentiality and custody concerns.
  7. Articulate issues related to the assessment, treatment and management of clients at risk to die from suicide.

Outline

Understanding the Legal System
  • Statutes
  • Rules and regulations
  • Case law
  • Finding the law
Legal Exposure
  • Civil liability
  • Licensing board complaints
  • Criminal liability
Establish the Treatment Relationship
  • The professional relationship: beginning and end
  • The legal and ethical principle of informed consent
  • Informed consent as part of the treatment modality
  • Use of and reliance upon written consent forms
Assessment, Treatment and Management of Suicide Risks
  • Statistics and populations at risk
  • Assessment of risk
  • Screening tools and interview techniques
  • Securing of outside records
  • Cognitive interventions
  • Use of concrete and outside management resources
  • Documentation
Record-Keeping Practices
  • Record-keeping regulations
  • Items which constitute the record
  • Access to records via written requests, subpoenas and court orders
The Ethics of Duty to Protect and Warn
  • Duty to protect by warning potential third party victims
  • Review of specific Pennsylvania case law governing danger to others
  • A clinical approach to the duty to protect by warning
Treatment of Minors
  • Age of majority
  • Consent to treatment and access to records
  • Treatment of minors in situations of family separation and divorce
Non-Sexual Boundary Violations
  • Email correspondence, cell phone and texting
  • Treatment vs. advocacy for patients
  • Professional contacts with attorneys and the legal profession
  • In-court expert testimony

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses

Reviews

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Overall:      4

Total Reviews: 536

Comments

Glenn U

"Great job as always Allan!"

Carolyn V

"Presenter was extremely knowledgeable and offered excellent info in this course!"

Lisa F

"The presenter was extremely knowledgeable. I plan on attending another one of his seminars in the future."

Jennifer H

"excellent communicator "

Lyn H

"Very engaging, personable and knowledgeable presenter. Would have liked to have some slides to summarize key points for primary topics."

James W

"good presentation"

Judith F

"Helpful in many ways, i.e.legal and therapeutic. Especially helpful for distance therapy"

Eileen C

"As always, Dr. Tepper is engaging and very informative, providing a great balance of refresher material and new, current topics in Ethical practice."

marisa t

"Thank you Dr. Tepper!"

Heather K

"I really enjoyed this!"

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