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CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS: PLEASE CALL BRUCE FOR INFORMATION

LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES FOR SOCIAL WORKER- PSYCHOTHERAPISTSTS

1.5  -  6.0 NEW YORK STATE CONTACT HOURS ARE AVAILABLE

PRESENTER: Bruce V. Hillowe, JD, PhD, Attorney-Psychologist

CONTACT FOR REGISTRATION:

LOCATION:

DATE:

TIME:

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION;

This workshop will review the essential ethical and legal background for the provision of psychotherapy by licensed master social workers and licensed clinical social workers in New York State.  Practitioners will be provided with templates for record-keeping, informed consent, HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices, authorizations for the release of patient information, and forms for the denial of access to patient information.  Topics will include:

1.  Beginning and planning psychotherapeutic treatment, supervision and consultation, and the basics of record-keeping. Contents of records.  Foundations of standards of care, including statutes, professional regulations, caselaw and NASW Code of Ethics.

2.  Informed consent, adults, adolescents and children. HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.

3.  Issues with child abuse and neglect identification and reporting in NYS.

4.  Assessing and managing at-risk patients; the duty to protect, the NY SAFE Act

5.  Access to treatment records by patients, Article 18 of NYPHL, HIPAA.

6.  Confidentiality and privilege and disclosing treatment information to 3rd parties. Subpoenas.

7.  Terminating treatment and avoiding abandonment.

8.  Malpractice and professional discipline, risk management, most common complaints.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

1. Learn current and basic ethical and legal backgrounds for psychotherapy practice.

2. Plan and prepare to implement record-keeping and documentation requirements for psychotherapy practice.

3. Analyze the process of the evaluation, reporting and recording of at-risk patients and circumstances.

4. Apply risk management principles without compromising clinical integrity.

5. Utilize tools to make clinical decisions in accordance with ethical, legal and risk management guidelines.

TEACHING METHODS:

Lecture and hand-outs accompanied by power-point presentation, with question and answer periods.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D, Ph.D. is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Mineola, New York. A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University Derner Institute (Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Programs), he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and a director of a forensic mental health service. He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. He currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute. He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. He has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and healthcare publications, most recently regarding scope of practice and disciplinary defense. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in healthcare law and is a "SuperLawyer" featured in the New York Times Magazine.

TUITION AND CANCELLATION:

$___ tuition for each registrant.

Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancellation is within one week prior to the Program. If cancellation is shorter than within a week of the Program, then a 20% administrative fee will be charged. There is no refund for no-shows. Refund requests must be made in writing to Bruce V Hillowe JD, PhD,  1122 Franklin Avenue, Suite 402, Garden City, New York 11530.

THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR ____ MANDATORY CONTACT HOURS FOR LMSW's AND LCSW's IN NEW YORK STATE. BRUCE V. HILLOWE SWCPE IS RECOGNIZED BY THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT'S STATE BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORK AS AN APPROVED PROVIDER OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS #0047.