Behavioral Health Ethics: Purpose and Application

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Date May 13, 2014
Time 11:00 AM EDT
Cost $49.00
Learn from a noted expert how to write ethical progress notes, what information to divulge to whom, and how to safeguard both written and electronic data.

Full Description:
Many mental health professionals have more anxiety about “legal ramifications” of their actions than “ethical practice.” The fact remains that knowledge of ethical standards and ethical decision making processes can enhance client care and decrease the “legal” anxiety. 
This webinar will address the ethical codes and standards from the perspective of purpose and application.  Participants will review the reasons for incorporating ethics into behavioral health practice, and how ethics influences the decision making process. The webinar will also provide an opportunity to analyze the issues related to clinical application of ethics in treatment planning, documentation, and confidentiality.  Participants will take away practical information on ethical progress notes, disclosures, and data safety.

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Describe the reasons for having ethics in behavioral health practice
Identify the ethical and clinical issues that surround treating the client vs. the diagnosis
Recognize the characteristics of ethical progress notes
Apply proper guidelines for the disclosure of client information
Assess the safety of written and electronic data

Your Presenter:
BRUCE J. SPENCER, MA, PhD, LMHC, LPCC, LMSW, NCC, has nearly 40 years of experience as a clinician and administrator of inpatient mental health and chemical dependency programs, including 10 years of independent clinical practice. He holds a doctorate in psychology and has 10 years of experience as an adjunct professor of psychology. Specializing in ethical issues, he has more than 1,000 hours of advanced education in ethics, a certification in Advanced Ethical Studies, and has written curricula for ethics and solution-focused treatment. Over the past 30 years Dr. Spencer has presented more than 100 day-long seminars nationwide and published numerous articles. He is licensed in Washington (LMHC), New Mexico (LPCC), and Michigan (LMSW), and NBCC certified.

This event qualifies for one CE credit. Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Case Managers, Pastoral Counselors/Clergy


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