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Mental Health Law and Ethics: Day-to-Day Treatment Challenges

October 2, 2024 - 8:30 am to 11:45 am
Beaver Creek Country Club
9535 Mapleville Rd
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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301-733-0331 x1228
85.00 (3 CEUs)

Annual Clinical, Legal and Ethics Seminar 

This program will provide 3 hours of continuing education in ethics, law, professional conduct and risk management to satisfy Maryland licensure requirements.

A suicidal patient refuses treatment. A therapist meets a client for coffee. Divorced parents disagree about a therapist’s recommendation for their child. A client asks to see progress notes. An attorney wants a progress letter. Threats of harm. Out of state clients. Terminating treatment. Complaints to a Licensing Board. The internet sexual exploitation of children and the vulnerable. Join this annual review of what is required ethically and legally in each of these and other day-to-day treatment situations. Judge Dana Moylan Wright will add insights from a legal and judicial point of view. Guests from the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Department of Human Services and the Sheriff’s Department will discuss, from their experience, the mind and strategies of sexual predators to assist therapists as advocates of patient safety.

Participant Learning Objectives:
• Understand the ethical concepts of autonomy,privacy, fidelity and public good as underlying mental health treatment and Codes of Ethics
• Apply the Ethics Codes of the Boards of Social Work Examiners and of Professional Counselors to every day treatment challenges
• Identify Maryland and Federal laws and regulations governing mental health practice
• Respond to the HIPAA mandate of patient access to the full treatment record
• Understand the thinking and strategies of sexual predators to assist therapists as advocates of patient safety


J. Emmet Burke, PhD, JD, Clinical Psychologist, Brook Lane. Dr. Burke holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC 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
10 years to share with clinicians some of the court’s insight regarding issues of mental health.

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