Ways of Organizing Essential Ethical & Legal Information
In order to understand their responsibilities, mental health professionals must know their ethical duties, as defined by their professional Ethics Codes, their legal responsibilities under Virginia laws & HIPAA regulations, and their obligations under their legally-binding third-party contracts.
This workshop uses clinical vignettes to illustrate ways of organizing the wide range of information that mental health professionals are responsible for knowing and for describing to prospective patients.
[per Ethics Codes: AAMFT, ACA, APA, NASW]
I. General Ethical Practices
• Maintaining Professional Competency
II. Relationships With Clients/Patients
• Informed Consent
III. Services to Clients
IV. Interaction With Other Professionals
• Referrals; Shared Cases
V. Teaching, Research, & Writing
VI. Advertising & Public Statements
• Virginia Licensing Board Regulations
• Federal Regulations (e.g., HIPAA)
III. Legally-Binding Private Contracts:
• Third Party Reimbursement Contracts
- To describe categories that would help me organize and understand ethical and legal material.
- To test the usefulness of those categories using hypothetical cases from my own practice.
- To use case vignettes involving ethical and legal issues to practice using these categories.