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Ethical Principles in the Practice of Texas Mental Health Professionals

This intermediate level program focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines and standards that impact psychological practice an...
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Faculty:
Allan M Tepper
Duration:
6 Hours 9 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Oct 19, 2020

Description

This intermediate level program focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines and standards that impact psychological practice and explores the manner by which clinical and ethical issues affect the everyday practice of the mental health professional in Texas. 

A licensed and practicing psychologist and attorney, Dr. Allan Tepper’s blend of clinical and legal experience allows for a deeper understanding and interpretation of the rules that govern mental health practice in Texas and allows the attendee to identify specific state laws that affect and govern their practice. Through lecture, real case examples, a review of references including the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the seminar manual with state specific policies and regulations; clinicians attending the course will be able to write policies for their practice, explain the content of medical records requirements and analyze their practice’s compliance with state specific ethical and legal requirements. This course will help the practicing clinician to evaluate their record keeping practices and determine which notes and documents are required for medical records to be compliant.  Finally, attendees will discuss the provider’s responsibilities related to confidentiality and duty to warn with both adult and minor populations.

Handouts

Outline

Understand the Legal System

  • Statutes
  • Rules and regulations
  • Case law
  • Finding the law

Legal Exposure

  • Criminal liability
  • Civil liability
  • Licensing complaints
  • Organization complaints

Establish the Treatment Relationship

  • The professional relationship
  • The legal and ethical principle of informed consent
  • Informed consent as part of the treatment modality
  • Use of and reliance upon written consent forms

Record-Keeping Practices

  • Record-keeping regulations
  • Items which constitute the record, persona notes vs. charting, raw data, computer printouts and third-party records
  • Access to records by written requests, subpoenas and court orders

The Ethics of Duty to Warn

  • Duty to warn potential third-party victims
  • Review of specific Texas case law governing danger to others
  • A clinical approach to the duty to protect

Treatment of Minors

  • Age of majority
  • Consent to treatment and access to records
  • Clinical implications in the treatment of the older adolescent
  • Treatment of minors in situations of family separation and divorce

Non-Sexual Boundary Violations

  • Email correspondence and cell phone contacts
  • Treatment vs. advocacy for patients
  • Professional contacts with attorneys and the legal profession
  • In-court expert testimony

Faculty

Allan M Tepper, J.D., Psy.D. Related seminars and products: 12


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.

Speaker Disclosure:

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

Nonfinancial: Allan Tepper has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.