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Ethical & Legal Categories

 

Ways of Organizing Essential Ethical & Legal Information 

This workshop is designed to review and organize the broad range of
ethical and legal information that mental health professionals are responsible for knowing.
Categories must encompass ethical topics such as those below
& must also reflect legal sources of information about those topics from
state and federal sources such as those below.

 Ethical Responsibilities
[per ACA, APA, NASW, AAMFT]

  I. General Ethical Practice

Maintaining Professional Competency
Obtaining Cultural Competency
Delegating Work to Others
Record Keeping
Use of Technology
Fees, Billing, & Reimbursement Policies

  II. Relationships With Clients/Patients

Informed Consent
Confidentiality
Boundaries
Dual Relationships; Conflicts of Interest
Minimum Necessary Disclosure
Interruption of Services; Termination
Harassment; Discrimination

 III. Services to Clients

Therapy
Assessment
Consultation
Other

IV. Interaction With Other Professionals

Referrals
Consultation; Peer Consultation Groups
Supervision

 V. Teaching, Research, & Writing

VI. Advertising & Public Statements 

 Legal Requirements


State:

Virginia Licensing Board Regulations

Virginia State Agency Regulations

Virginia Statutes

 Federal:

Federal Regulations (e.g., HIPAA)

Federal Statutes

 Legally-Binding Private Contracts:

Third Party Reimbursement Contracts

Private Group Contracts

 

 

EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
1. To consider categories that would help me organize essential ethical and legal material.
2. To test the usefulness of those categories using hypothetical cases from my own practice.
3. To practice using those categories with case vignettes that involve ethical and legal issues.