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What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know about Families-in-Court

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Ethical and Risk Management Issues: What Mental Health Professionals (MHP) Need to Know about Families-in-Court

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Ethical and Risk Management Issues: What Mental Health Professionals (MHP) Need to Know about Families-in-Court

Presented by Diane Tennies, PhD, LADC and Dana Prescott, PhD, LMSW, JD

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Mental Health Professionals (psychologists, licensed social workers, LCPCs, LMFTs, and counselors), work with families with complex clinical, medical, mental health diagnoses, and substance use concerns which often involve family conflict and individual stressors. These same individual and families too often become involved with the civil or criminal court systems because of mandated treatment, child protection and child custody litigation, and juvenile and adult criminal charges or sentencing.

Any case which intersects Mental Health Professionals (MHPs) with families navigating an adversarial court system increases the possibility of ethical complaints, subpoenas for records and testimony, and threats of legal action. Many MHPs do not intend to be forensic (which means to intentionally assist the court with data, research, and expert opinion) but only want to help and treat people in their offices. The presenters support and understand that goal. But that is not a reality when individuals and families want you to support their positions in court or you are contacted by lawyers or GALs, for example.

This presentation reviews the ethical and risk management issues that arise in clinical practice and how lawyers and MHPs may better understand the challenges of preventing and responding to ethical complaints. Challenges relating to confidentiality for parents and the legal rights of minors separate from their parents, informed consent, privacy rights, technology and electronic communications, record keeping, subpoenas and testimony will be identified and reviewed.

The presentation will utilize PowerPoint, discussion, and case studies to meet the following objectives:

  • Understand best practices for the prevention of complaints from initial contact
  • Describe ethical issues relating to informed consent, privacy, and confidentiality
  • Identify differences between the privacy and legal rights of minors and adults
  • Explore risk management strategies arising from technology and electronic communications
  • Develop skills for MHPs to assist through the litigation and the complaint process
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