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CE Workshop: Legal and Ethical Issues Impacting Clinical Practice
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/18/2020
When: Friday, September 18, 2020
9:00am-12:00pm
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Howard A. Gold, JD, MSW
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator
404-634-6272


Online registration is available until: 9/18/2020
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Workshop Title: Legal and Ethical Issues Impacting Clinical Practice

 

Workshop Description: 

This workshop will review the range of legal issues confronting all therapists in their practice involving confidentiality, privilege, duty to warn/control, legal suicide ideation responsibilities, institutionalization of clients to psychiatric facilities, standard of care of practice, family violence, subpoenas, depositions, testifying in court as well as a therapist involvement in divorce and custody issues and issues in divorce/custody. Other issues to be discussed in this workshop are record keeping, informed consent, Board complaints and possible lawsuits against a therapist. This workshop for therapists applies to people of all races, cultural backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities.  

Learning Objectives

1.  Describe potential ethical issues that may lead to legal exposure.

2.  Explain an ethical approach to family law issues including participation in the legal process.

3.  Describe ethical limits with clients to minimize adverse legal consequences.  

       

      CE Hours: 3 Ethics

       

      Level: Introductory

       

      About the Presenter:

      Howard Gold is a family law attorney and former psychotherapist who has worked with the mental health community for many years providing legal assistance and complimentary telephone consultations to therapists when a legal issue arises in their practice.  Howard worked as both a therapist and a lobbyist for children in the state legislature helping to pass The Family Violence Act and The Child Abuse Reporting Act. 

      Last year, Howard spoke with over 500 mental health professionals, averaging 10 calls a week, from therapists in need of his legal counsel.  As a good rule of thumb, should a legal issue regarding therapy with a client present itself in your practice, call Howard first. 

      With board complaints on the rise, Howard’s contribution has been invaluable.  Three-to-four years ago, complaints averaged approximately 40 per month.  Today, there are approximately 150 complaints against therapists made to the Board every month.  I am certain Howard has saved numerous therapists from board complaints and possible legal action through his guidance. 

      In addition to providing brief telephone consultations to therapists, Howard periodically distributes his “e-blasts” on a wide range of legal issues affecting therapy practice that could negatively impact your license as well as your practice.  Howard’s “e-blasts” reach over 7,000 Georgia Therapists statewide.  It’s important for anyone who is not on Howard’s e-blast list to sign up.  A sheet will be passed around the room for you to add your e-mail address to his list as it is important for all therapists to be aware of legal pitfalls.

      We have also handed out Howard’s business card in the event you need to call him.  Keep his card handy as you never know when you may need his legal expertise or referral for a family law matter.  If Howard is not available, he will call you back within 24 hours.

       

      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before September 4, 2020 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After September 4, 2020)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

       

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email (admin@gapsychology.org). A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to September 4, 2020. No refunds will be given after September 4, 2020.

      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.