Full Title: How to Provide Culturally Competent and Ethically and Legally Sound Services to Clients Affected by HIV/AIDS
This workshop will inform clinicians of the unique needs and challenges that may arise when providing mental health services to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Participants will learn about the various behavioral and social and emotional factors that contribute to increased risk of infection among those diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, and how these factors can be addressed therapeutically. Additionally, this workshop will provide a comprehensive review of the legal and ethical guidelines currently in place to determine what action should be taken by mental health care providers if a current client is knowingly transmitting HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.
Participants will be able to:
- Summarize the current prevalence rates of HIV infection among those diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI) and be able to list those populations that are at the greatest risk of HIV infection.
- Discuss the various behaviors and social and emotional factors associated with SMI that can increase the risk of HIV infection.
- Explain how the HIV/AIDS virus compromises the human immune system, list at least six common adverse side effects of HIV/AIDS medications and demonstrate an understanding of what adequate medication compliance looks like in those taking HIV/AIDS medications.
- Explain and critique the history of the historical case of Tarasoff v. Regents of The University of California with precise accuracy and increased understanding of its impact on the mental health profession.
- Explain and critique current mandates specific to the state of Georgia that pertain to a mental health professional’s duty to warn or protect.
- Discuss current national trends with regards to current national trends regarding Tarasoff decision making; that is, attendants will be able to identify which decision making processes and acts of duty to warn and protect led to the most favorable outcomes for clients and providers.
- Identify and correctly describe mandates within the state of Georgia that pertain to the intentional transmission of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.
- Define the two identified models of ethical decision making, utilitarian and deontological, as well as have a better understanding of how each model can guide an ethical decision making process.
- Describe circumstances that would likely warrant a disclosure of a client’s protected health information in order to decrease risk of infection in an identifiable victim.
- Describe circumstances that would NOT warrant disclosure of a client’s protected health information.
CE Hours: 3 (Ethics)
About the Presenter:
Dr. Jill Dermyer is a post-doctoral fellow of clinical psychology specializing in individual and group therapy with adolescents and adults. She has excelled in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, individuals that have experienced a religion-based trauma, and living well with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. She is a proud veteran of Positive Impact, Atlanta’s premier non-profit organization specializing in providing mental health services to those affected by HIV & AIDS. It was during her time with Positive Impact that Jill developed a passion for working with and meeting the needs of this unique population.
Registration Costs (per workshop):
Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 30, 2015 to receive this rate.)
Registration (After October 30, 2015)
- $70: GPA Members
- $20: Student GPA Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
- $130: Non-members
Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.
- $80: GPA Members
- $30: Student Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
- $140: Non-members
Registrants must cancel through Amy Dietrich only via email or phone (contacting other staff members/leadership does not guarantee your cancellation.) No faxes or mail cancellations will be accepted.
Cancellation Fee: $35
Refunds will not be given for cancellations within five (5) business days prior to the workshop date.
The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.