Ethical Decision Making in Psychotherapy & Counseling
This program will provide 3 hours of continuing education in ethics, law, professional conduct and risk management to satisfy Maryland licensure requirements.
Counselors and therapists are confronted daily with ethical decisions that also often have legal standing. Codes of Ethics exist to protect public health and safety. They define professional practice standards and are the basis of legal statutes and regulations mandated and enforced by the State of Maryland. Compliance with ethical & legal mandates not only constitutes best practice but also is required to maintain a professional license. This seminar will examine the core ethical principles of Autonomy and Justice and practical implications for treatment decision making. Ethical guidelines, social policy issues & legal mandates concerning consent to treatment, confidentiality, HIPAA, mandated reporting, record keeping & termination will be discussed as well as appropriate treatment for children and offenders caught in the legal system.
J. Emmet Burke, PhD, JD, inpatient psychologist, Brook Lane. Dr. Burke holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.
The Honorable Dana Moylan Wright, Circuit Court, Washington County, Maryland. Judge Wright has a special interest in mental health and has participated in Brook Lane’s annual clinical, legal and ethics seminars for the last 8 years to share with clinicians some of the court’s insight regarding issues of mental health.
Guests: Seminar will feature guest speakers with content expertise.
Special Note: This seminar is scheduled to be held in person. We will be following the state of Maryland’s COVID-19 guidelines, as well as other safety measures, in place at the time of the seminar. Should the course of COVID-19 change, prohibiting in-person meetings, we may be required to reschedule or offer the seminar remotely.