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Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice


Author:
Susan Lewis, Ph.D., J.D.
Copyright:
2016
Publication Date:
Aug 31, 2016
Publisher:
PESI Publishing
Product Code:
PUB084465
ISBN13:
9781683730125
Media Type:
Books


Description

Psychologist and attorney Susan J. Lewis, PhD, JD, brings her 25 years of clinical practice and legal expertise directly to you - with practical guidance, strategies, solutions and up-to-date information to help keep you out of court and jail.

Dr. Lewis uses easy-to-understand language to step you through the legalese, highlighted by 30 engaging case examples to illustrate how you can overcome legal and ethical challenges that arise in your practice, including:
  • Risk management
  • Contracts
  • HIPPA
  • Privileged communication
  • Licensing complaints
  • Supervision pitfalls
  • Rights of minors
  • Technology

This go-to resources goes beyond the what and why, focusing on how to protect you and your clients in an increasingly litigious society.

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Susan Lewis, Ph.D., J.D. Related seminars and products: 26


Susan J. Lewis, Ph.D., J.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and lawyer. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice with unique populations that have included female sexual offenders incarcerated at a woman’s prison, self-injurious individuals, forensic patients and individuals who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Lewis has served in leadership roles as clinical director, program manager, and supervisor for psychiatry residents and post-doctoral psychologists.

 

Currently, Dr. Lewis teaches courses on Law and Ethics in Mental Health that are state specific to the laws of each state. She has also lectured nationwide on the DSM-5® and differential diagnosis. She taught courses at Harvard’s Extension School and Northeastern University on The Psychology of Criminal Behavior. She is the author of Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice (PPM, 2016) and her latest book From Deep Within: A Forensic and Clinical Psychologist's Journey (2018).

 

A sought-after consultant, Dr. Lewis works with attorneys on controversial issues such as dangerousness, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility evaluations, and civil and criminal commitment. She works with attorneys on strategies of how mental illness might impinge on legal decision-making. Dr. Lewis has been adjudicated an expert in almost all of the district and superior courts in Massachusetts.

 

Her extensive clinical experience makes her a hands-on, knowledgeable instructor. She is engaging and has a wonderful sense of humor, which she brings to her seminars.

 

Speaker Disclosures:

 

Financial: Susan Lewis is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Lewis is a member of the American Psychological Association.


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