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Risk-Management in Behavioral Health: Ethical and Legal Perspectives

December 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



The delivery of behavioral health services comes with risk; inevitably, practitioners encounter challenging ethical dilemmas that require sound judgment in order to protect clients and service providers. Common ethical issues involve managing sensitive confidential information, informed consent, conflicts of interest, boundary issues, termination of services, staffers’ use of social media, and documentation, among others. Senior administrators and clinical supervisors in the field of behavioral health must be proactive in their efforts to protect clients and prevent litigation and licensing board complaints.  Robert Landau, JD and Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. have teamed up for this special training and will share their expertise related to practical risk-management strategies in behavioral health.

Robert Landau, JD, is a shareholder at the law firm of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Pierce, Inc. in Providence and was the co-leader of the firm’s Healthcare Group from 2012 through 2016. Mr. Landau is a seasoned litigator with over 34 years of experience who focuses his practice on defending mental health professionals, hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health care providers in professional malpractice lawsuits and disciplinary proceedings. He has extensive experience representing social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists and other professionals before their licensing boards. He has successfully represented clients in the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Frederic Reamer, PhD, has been a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College for over 30 years. Dr. Reamer has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. Dr. Reamer lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. Dr. Reamer is the author of many books, including: Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; The Social Work Ethics Casebook, and The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool.

6 CEUs: (SW, CD, MHC)

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December 5, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm