Psychologist

Law and Ethics in Clinical Practice


   Credits
6 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$30.00
   Source
Robert A. Yourell
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

This course reviews key legal and ethical issues in psychotherapy. It is primarily intended for psychotherapists, but will be useful for any mental health professional. The content ranges from concrete, specific guidelines to overarching legal and ethical principles that guide clinical decision making. A broad range of topics is covered, with special, detailed emphasis on confidentiality and boundaries.
Introduction


This course provides an overview of legal and ethical issues for mental health professionals, including psychotherapists. The course is not limited to any one professional group or state, it is applicable to professionals across the mental health field. For the sake of simplicity, the course will mostly refer to psychotherapists throughout, but case managers and other mental health professionals are also intended readers of this information.

The course begins with a review of important ethical principles that underlie clinical decision-making. The next two ections delve into two of the most critical areas: confidentiality and boundaries. The course the coveres a variety of additional guidelines that each combine a number of ethical principles.

Although the details can vary to some degree from state to state, the legal landscape for mental health professionals is largely independent of the region because the laws have many


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