Legal and Ethical Standards of Care in Behavioral Health

Legal and Ethical Standards of Care in Behavioral Health 

This course is designed to help you distinguish between legal, ethical, and standard of care issues. It is designed to serve as a guide to help you understand the law and make ethical decisions in your work, as well as develop risk management and compliance strategies to help you avoid disciplinary actions and claims of malpractice. You will also learn about informed consent, confidentiality and privacy, professional boundaries, and use of technology, among other issues. Taking this course can help you prepare for and recognize legal and ethical concerns. However, you will also need to familiarize yourself with the specific laws, ethical codes, organizational policies, and standards of care that apply to your practice. Professional organizations and associations, state licensing boards, and attorneys familiar with behavioral health law can help you access information relevant to your work. Please note, the content in this course is designed to heighten clinicians’ general awareness of legal and ethical concerns. It is not offered as legal advice for any individual provider or specific situation.

$20.00

Hours: 2.00
REL-HHS-0-LESCCMHP-V2

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (34 Match)

American Psychological Association

2.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

California Board of Registered Nursing

2.0 HOURS


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791

Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

American Nurses Credentialing Center

2.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Association of Social Work Boards

2.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC, #1273, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Relias, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/10/2018-2/10/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, posttests. This module is Reading-Based.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.00 Ethics continuing education clock hours.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

2.0 HOURS


Relias LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Relias LLC designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

District of Columbia Board of Nursing

2.0 HOURS


DC-RN -- District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CE Provider #50-290).

Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

2.0 HOURS


Provider #50-290 This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Florida Board of Nursing

2.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Psychology

2.0 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing

2.0 HOURS


Georgia Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Florida Board of Medicine

2.0 HOURS


Florida Board of Medicine CE Provider #: 50-290

Florida Physician Assistants

2.0 HOURS


National Board for Certified Counselors

2.0 HOURS







Relias, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Relias , LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit

2.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC 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 #SW-0009.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules.

As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.

Social workers will receive 2.00 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Counselors (MHC)

2.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0011

As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias, LLC are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.

This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)

2.0 HOURS


Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0009

As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.

This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

South Carolina Board of Nursing

2.0 HOURS


This program was approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education Program (CE provider #50-290) CE Broker Course # 20-[Custom_Code]

West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

2.0 HOURS


Ohio Marriage and Family Therapist Board

2.0 HOURS


Provider # RTX050401 290
This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Ohio Professional Counselor Board

2.0 HOURS


Provider # RCX100502 290
This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

2.0 HOURS


This course has been approved by Relias LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 2.00 CE. NAADAC Provider #86124, Relias, LLC is responsible for all
aspects of their programming.

Breining Institute for Registered Addiction Specialists

2.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

2.0 HOURS


Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider number 1S-06-729-0220 for 2.00 CEH's

Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority

2.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals

2.0 HOURS


Education hours MCBAP-R
This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Missouri Credentialing Board

2.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

2.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours. Content Area: P7, C9

California Association of DUI Treatment Programs

2.0 HOURS


New Mexico Board of Nursing

2.0 HOURS


New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

This course awards 2.00 contact hours upon successful completion.

Arkansas State Board of Nursing

2.0 HOURS


Ohio State Medical Board

2.0 HOURS


State Medical Board of Ohio CE Provider #: 50-290

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

2.0 HOURS


Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure

2.0 HOURS


Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

2.0 HOURS


South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-LESCCMHP-V2
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Explain laws, ethics, and standards of care as they pertain to behavioral health.
Identify legal and ethical standards related to client consent, relationships, and privacy.
Describe actions that can be taken to make sound ethical decisions and effectively mitigate the risk of ethics violations or malpractice complaints.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Ethics, Laws, and Standards of Care

What Do You Think?

What Are Standards of Care, Ethics, and Laws?

Standards of Care

Ethics

Laws

How Does This Impact You?

Let’s Practice: Jamal

Summary

Section 3: Consent

Informed Consent

Limits to Consent

Minors and Consent

Mental Capacity and Legal Competency

Mental Capacity and Informed Consent

Assessing Mental Capacity

Legal Competency and Informed Consent

Involuntary Treatment

Let’s Practice: Tomio

Summary

Section 4: Relationships and Boundaries

Therapeutic Relationships

Boundaries

Dual Relationships

Difference Between Boundary Violations and Boundary Crossings

Physical Touch

Sexual Misconduct

Terminating Services

Let’s Practice: Hiroki

Summary

Section 5: Privacy and Confidentiality

Client Privacy and Confidentiality

Technology and Information Security

Privacy Regulations

HIPAA Overview

Psychotherapy Notes Under HIPAA

HIPAA Enforcement

42 CFR Part 2 Overview

Exceptions to Confidentiality

Mandated Reporting Laws

Mandated Reporting Laws: Do Not Ignore Them!

Incapacity or Emergency

Duty to Warn or Protect

Court Orders

Review

Summary

Section 6: Violating Standards of Care

Common Misunderstandings

Disciplinary Actions

Malpractice

Bases for Disciplinary and Malpractice Actions

Compliance and Risk Management

Seeking Guidance

Let’s Practice

Summary

Section 7: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 12 years of experience in human services roles, including direct care, program director, and training facilitator. Across those roles, she held responsibility for ensuring quality services, as well as monitoring and managing data. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to intellectual and developmental disability services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Frederic G. Reamer

Dr. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.

Dr. Reamer has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. He has published 21 books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and served on the code revision task force. He chaired the international commission sponsored by the Association of Social Work Boards to develop Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored jointly by the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association to develop Technology Standards in Social Work Practice. He has served as an expert witness and consultant more than 100 court and licensing board cases addressing professional ethics.

Among many national awards, Dr. Reamer received the Excellence in Ethics Award from the National Association of Social Workers in 2015.

Disclosure: Frederic G. Reamer has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Case Managers; entry level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry level Professional Counselors; entry level Psychologists; intermediate level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
Relias will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Accommodations
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.