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What MHPs Need to Know about Threats of Parent Alienation against the MHP

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Ethical and Risk Management: What Mental Health Professionals (MHP) Need to Know about Threats of Parental Alienation against the MHP

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Ethical and Risk Management: What Mental Health Professionals (MHP) Need to Know about Threats of Parental Alienation against the MHP

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

3 CEU Credits

Mental Health Professionals (which includes psychologists, licensed social workers, LCPCs, LMFTs, and counselors), work with families involved with high conflict child custody litigation. Any case which intersects MHPs with families navigating an adversarial court system increases the possibility of ethical complaints, subpoenas for records and testimony, and threats of legal action.

Parental alienation syndrome [PAS] or parental alienation is a controversial label designed for use in family court. When PAS enters the therapeutic portal, it is proffered as an explanation for the behavior of children resisting contact with a parent. PAS, as clinicians soon learn, provides proponents with an orthodoxy, or a means to blame the other parent and, the child, for choices that may be rationally based on the behavior of the other parent or the experiences of the child. If the therapist has a different opinion based upon treatment and familiarity with the family, there is the risk of ethical complaints or lawsuits for refusal to accept a PAS “diagnosis” or as an explanation of family dynamics, tantamount to incompetency under professional codes of ethics, or even malpractice for breach of standard of care.

This presentation explores the family and court dynamics which increases risk when PAS is brought up by a parent. High conflict custody cases, even without PAS, implicates record management, evidence-informed treatment plans, 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 which will be reviewed in the context of threats to your practice.

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

  • Understand best practices for prevention and planning when child custody litigation is occurring
  • 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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