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In-Person Seminar

Legal and Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in Virginia

Rodney K Adams, JD
Full Day
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In-Person Seminar
MCCS Henderson Hall - Arlington, Virginia



Without the proper legal awareness needed to stay in compliance, you may face grave legal and financial consequences. This seminar will show you how to continue to help the people you’ve been trained to help while still protecting yourself from many legal pitfalls. If you attend only one seminar this year, make it this one. Join attorney, Rodney K. Adams, for an entertaining and enlightening day and leave with a greater understanding of the latest Virginia laws as they relate to behavioral health. You will take home practical strategies to minimize and manage legal and ethical risks and you will learn how to immediately implement these risk-reducing strategies into your practice.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - Ethics

THIS ACTIVITY QUALIFIES FOR 6.25 HOURS  OF State Specific ETHICS INSTRUCTION. Not all boards allow ethics credit for on-line programs. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.

Counselors - Virginia Counselors

CE credit is available. This course is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing competency instruction for Virginia Counselors. The Virginia Board of Counseling recognizes continuing competency activities in the behavioral health field offered by organizations that are approved by a counseling board in another state (18VAC115-20-105). PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 6.25 contact hours. 

Social Workers - Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2023 - January 27, 2026. Social workers completing this course receive 6.25 Ethics continuing education credits.


Course Level: Intermediate Format: In-person.  Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Marriage & Family Therapists - Marriage & Family Therapists

This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the activity advertisement, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 380 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 



Rodney K Adams, JD Related seminars and products

Rodney K. Adams, JD, focuses his practice on advising and defending health care providers in matters involving patient care and other unique issues confronting the healthcare industry. His guidance, whether during a strategic discussion or during a crisis, is based on his extensive trial and agency adjudication experience. Mr. Adams’ clients include physicians, psychologists, hospitals, managed care organizations, medical colleges, nursing homes, self-insured health systems and other healthcare providers. He has spent 30 years defending healthcare providers and has taken over 75 medical malpractice matters to verdict. Most of those matters involved catastrophic injury or death. He also represents healthcare providers before the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, various boards of the Virginia Department of Health Professions and other tribunals.


Mr. Adams is well known for his work in bioethics, clinical research regulation, behavioral health law, healthcare information privacy, and risk management. He has published several books including Virginia Medical Law, Fourth Edition (2016), and Clinical Trials & Human Research: A Practical Guide to Regulatory Compliance (w/F. Rozovsky, 2003). Mr. Adams is an adjunct professor of law (medical malpractice trial advocacy) at the College of William & Mary, and an adjunct professor (bioethics and health law) at the School of Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University. Clients look to Mr. Adams for assistance with HIPAA/HITECH, LEP, EMTALA, ethics committees, medical staff issues, and other healthcare management issues.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Rodney Adams has employment relationships with the Virginia Commonwealth University and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He receives an honorarium as a published author. Rodney Adams receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Rodney Adams is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.


  1. Establish practices for ensuring HIPAA compliance to protect client’s privacy and minimize risk of litigation.
  2. Designate the treatment provider’s responsibilities relating to mental health issues and duty to warn law in Virginia.
  3. Explore the legal and ethical considerations for the treatment of minor populations in Virginia with regard to age of consent, confidentiality and custody concerns.
  4. Develop policies on issues such as boundaries, seclusions and informed consent.
  5. Compare the different requirements for responding to police inquiries, subpoenas and court orders for mental health records.
  6. Differentiate between the processes for voluntary and involuntary commitment for treatment and determine the clinician’s role in each.


HIPAA/HI TECH – Impact on Behavioral Health Providers

Confidentiality of Behavioral Health Records

The Duty to Warn in Virginia

Balance the Rights of Minors and Parents

Professional Ethics & Boundary Issues

Respond to Police Inquiries, Attorney Questions, and Subpoenas

Emergency Custody Orders, Temporary Detention Orders, and Involuntary Commitments in Virginia

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • AODA Professionals
  • Health Information Managers
  • Medical Records Professionals
  • Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists



MCCS Henderson Hall

1555 Southgate Rd Bldg 12, Arlington, Virginia 20124, United States
717 947 8862

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