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Legal and Ethical Considerations in Clinical Practice (LA District Conference)

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Homeless Health Care Los Angeles | 2330 Beverly Blvd., 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90057
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Greater LA District

Presenter: Pamela H. Harmell, Ph.D

Description: This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensuring patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) Domestic Violence, assessment and detection, legal issues related to child abuse and custody issues.(2) when therapist values conflict with patient values (highlighting two precedent setting legal cases), (3) suicide assessment (now required by BOP) including the opioid crisis and suicide, (4) current ethical standard of care in the world of technology, Skype, FaceTime, texting, social media and HIPAA compliance, (5 Subpoenas and court orders.. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program reviews current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice.

About the Presenter: Dr. Pamela Harmell is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law. She is the Past President of the Board of Psychology. Dr. Harmell is former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee, is the current Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.

Learning objectives:

    Participants will:

    1. Be able to understand the difference between personal and professional values and how to maintain “value neutrality” with regard to cultural competence.
    2. Learn updates the SAD PERSONS method of assessing suicidal behavior.
    3. Identify and increase awareness of legal and ethical issues related to teletherapy, technology and social media in clinical practice including SKYPE, FaceTime and the like.
    4. Gain awareness the connection between suicide and the opioid crisis including social media influences.
    5. Learn ethical and appropriate use of cyber therapy and social media.
    6. Learn updates under SB 543 about treating minors without parental consent.

    PARKING: There is ample street parking. There is limited parking inside the lot of the building. If you prefer to park in the lot, arrive early to have staff open the gate. Contact Lizabeth Thompson at (818) 357-4989.

    ACCESSIBILITY: The building does not have an elevator and you must take the stairs to get to the meeting room. If you require accommodations, please reach out to the district coordinators to discuss if accommodations can be met. You can call Nadia Aquino at (323) 362-4864 or Lizabeth Thompson at (818) 357-4989. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

    CEUs: 6.0 hours


    Nadia Aquino | nadiaaquino89@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)
    Lizabeth Thompson | lizabeth.thompson.msw@gmail.com (Greater LA District Coordinator)

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