Ethics: A Professional License to Practice, A Prized Possession
This seminar will examine the Code of Ethics and state laws and regulations to empower clinicians to better understand how to protect themselves and their licensure status in the event of a complaint. A license to practice professionally requires adherence to professional standards as defined by Professional Boards of Examiners and by state law and regulation. Ideally, these external expectations assist providers to practice in a professional manner. Two realities however, require attention. The first: the stated purpose of professional codes of ethics and of state regulation is protecting the welfare of the public, not to assist professional providers. The second: ignorance of what ethics codes and state laws and regulations require is no defense to an allegation of sub-standard practice. A review of these external standards will serve to strengthen and protect the prized possession of a professional license to practice.
This program will provide 3 hours of continuing education in ethics, law, professional conduct and risk management to satisfy Maryland licensure requirements.
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, 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 8 years to share with clinicians some of the court’s insight regarding issues of mental health.