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In-Person Seminar

Mental Health & The Law - 2021

Joseph Monahan, MSW, ACSW, JD
Full Day
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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As a mental health professional, you not only deal with critical clinical matters with your clients – you must also stay up-to-date on seemingly ever-changing laws and procedures. Keeping up-to-date is essential in order to protect your clients and yourself. At this comprehensive one-day seminar you will gain an understanding of confidentiality, risk management, recent legislation and trends in mental health law in Illinois, guardianship, commitment, practical legal options-and more, that will help you stay on top of issues that arise in everyday clinical situations.


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Joseph T. Monahan, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., J.D., is the founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC and one of the preeminent mental health law attorneys in Illinois. Under Mr. Monahan’s direction, Monahan Law Group, LLC provides legal services to over 80 hospitals and numerous mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, and social service agencies. In addition to professional clients, the firm also represents individuals at all levels of administrative and judicial proceedings.

Mr. Monahan has tried countless guardianship, mental health, and child welfare cases over the past 34 years. From confidentiality of mental health records to same-sex adoption, Mr. Monahan has successfully argued cases at every level of the Illinois court system, including the Illinois Supreme Court. He has been appointed by the court to represent persons with disabilities in complex or extraordinary mental health cases. His background as a social worker makes him acutely aware of the legal issues that impact social service professionals and the people they serve. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the NASW Risk Retention Group, the malpractice insurance company for social workers, and has been an active member of NASW for decades.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Joseph Monahan receives compensation as co-founder and partner with Monahan Law Group, LLC, and as adjunct professor of law from Loyola University College of Law Health Care Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Joseph Monahan is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.


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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.


  1. Determine the legal considerations when opening and maintaining a private mental health practice.
  2. Evaluate the potential role of mental health professionals in legal proceedings related to client care.
  3. Determine client confidentiality issues and when clinicians are obligated to disclose protected health information.
  4. Develop a plan to navigate the legal and ethical issues related with the use of technology as related to clinical practice, and considerations during a public health crisis.
  5. Investigate recent changes to the law that affect mental health services, providers, and patients.
  6. Differentiate and determine various options when presented with high-risk clients and situations.


8:30 am – Session 1 – The Professional: The Business of Private Practice – Joseph C.F. Willluweit
  • Practice Formation
  • Professor Licensure
  • Employees & Independent Contractors
  • Practice Succession
10:00 am - Break

10:15 am – Session 2 – Being John Doe: Confidentiality of Mental Health Records and Communications – John W. Whitcomb
  • Involvement in Legal Proceedings
  • Records and Subpoenas
  • Minors Issues
12:00 pm - Lunch (On Your Own)

1:00 pm – Session 3 – Fear and Loathing in Springfield: What’s New in Mental Health Law – Monique C. Patton
  • Case Law Update
  • Legislative Update
2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm – Session 4 – Eyes Wide Open: Risk Management for the Mental Health Professional – Joseph T. Monahan
  • Telehealth and the Pandemic
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Duty to Warn
  • High Risk Clients
4:00 pm – Program Evaluation and Adjourn

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Risk Managers
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses



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