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Ethics and Legal Issues in Mental Health Care (Mid-Peninsula Conference)

  • Saturday, December 01, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
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  • Member rate will increase to $125.00 after November 1
  • Non-member rate will increase to $175.00 after November 1

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Thomas Plante, PhD Mid-Peninsula District

Presenter: Thomas Plante, PhD

Description: Little training is usually offered to mental health professionals on ethical, legal, and professional issues during their graduate and post-graduate studies. Yet these issues become critical when they enter the working world. This workshop will highlight and update you in the contemporary ethical, legal, and professional issues encountered in mental health services. Topics will include: an overview of ethical principles and a way to make good ethical decisions; common ethical dilemmas and possible resolutions; important legal requirements with which all mental health professionals should be familiar; minimizing the risk of malpractice or other litigation troubles; and current and future trends in the field.

About the Presenter: Thomas Plante, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, scholar, clinician, Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He is on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School receiving the Clinical Faculty Service Award in 2015. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College as well as a former Scholar in Residence at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. He is a dynamic speaker with a very strong background in the field of Ethics.

Learning objectives:

    Participants will:

    1. Know the basics of mental health ethics codes and their foundation in moral philosophy.
    2. Know and understand the RRICC model of value ethics and apply it to clinical ethical challenges.
    3. Know the basic strategies to avoid legal troubles and the major legal issues that mental health professionals face in their work.

    ACCESS TO THE MEETING ROOM: The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator.

    NOTE: Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

    Registration and coffee from 8:30-9:00

    CEUs: 6.0 hours

    This course meets the BBS law and ethics requirement for MSW's and MFT's.


    Virginia Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com, Mid-Peninsula District Coordinator
    Joan Berman | berman.joan@gmail.com, Mid-Peninsula District Coordinator

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