Legal & Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals, Volume I: Confidentiality, Privilege, Reporting, and Duty to Warn
by Stephen Feldman
Finally, a video program to fulfill your CE requirement that is engaging, entertaining and informative.
Finally, a video program to fulfill your CE requirement that is engaging, entertaining and informative. Also ideal for teaching and clinical trainings. The four lively vignettes include incisive commentary by Stephen Feldman, a renowned expert in the fields of both law and psychology. What better way to get your required CE credits! 
  • What's the difference between privilege and confidentiality?
  • When are therapists allowed to break confidentiality and when are they required to?
  • When can progress notes or confidential psychotherapy notes be subpoenaed as evidence in a trial?
  • How does a therapist know when to break confidentiality to warn someone of potential danger?
  • What exactly does "reasonable cause to suspect" mean when deciding whether to report child abuse?
  • Is failing to report child abuse an ethical violation, or is it actually a crime?
This comprehensive video course will answer all these questions and more. You'll learn how the laws impact your practice, as you watch these lively dramatizations of a judge and her law clerk discuss actual key cases in the creation of mental health laws including Tarasoff and Jaffe V. Redmond. As the judge debates both sides of the argument and makes her decisions, you'll see how court rulings became laws and how they impact clinical, ethical, legal and moral concerns.

See Volume II on dual relationships, boundaries, standards of care and termination.

What therapists are saying…

"Dr. Feldman's Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals accomplishes something I did not think possible. The DVD actually makes the legal concepts related to privilege and confidentiality entertaining, while clearly and accurately presenting complex material. And Dr. Feldman's summations after each vignette are right on point. Who knew the Tarasoff duty to protect could make for such interesting viewing!"

-- Russell Newman, PhD, JD - Vice president for Academic Affairs, Alliant International University; Formerly Executive Director for Professional Practice, APA
"Excellent content in a completely enjoyable format--a great way to stay up to date and genuinely useful in practice. By far the best CE course on this topic I've come across."

-- Margy Heldring, PhD - President, Division of Family Psychology, APA
"The intersection of law and psychology comes alive in these compelling vignettes, which clarify common misconceptions that arise between the fields. Highly viewable and entertaining, every viewer will benefit from this resource."

-- G. Andrew H. Benjamin, PhD, JD - Senior Professor, Antioch University
"This is a fantastic, one-of-a-kind video. The interesting discussions of landmark cases make old material fresh. The supplemental materials are clear, practical and applicable. Great for students and seasoned professionals alike."

-- Kellie M. Rollins, PsyD - Director of Psychology Training, San Francisco VA Medical Center
"An interesting and compelling discussion of some of the legal dilemmas at the nexus of law and mental health practice. Dr. Feldman's presentation format gives the viewer an in-depth exploration of the competing public policies that underlie many of the legal and ethical dilemmas that face practitioners. His conceptualizations are clear and he manages to avoid gross oversimplifications; this is no easy task. The result is a nuanced exploration of some very difficult practical problems to which there are few simple answers."

-- Adam Alban, PhD, JD - Licensed Psychologist and Practicing Attorney, publisher www.clinicallawyer.com
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This video is ideal for classrooms, clinical trainings, and licensed clinicians completing their CE requirement.

From watching this video, you'll know how to:

• Describe the differences between confidentiality and privilege
• Define mandated, permitted and authorized breaches of confidentiality
• Discuss situations in which mental health providers have a duty to warn
• Explain a mental health professional’s duty to report child and elder abuse
• Identify common exceptions to confidentiality

Length of video: 2:20:00

Number of Discs: 2

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

This DVD plays in All Regions

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-075-9

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-075-0

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-119-4

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-119-1

Stephen Feldman, JD, PhD, is an attorney and psychologist who has practiced and taught both law and psychology from Harvard in the east to Seattle University in the west. He holds a law degree from Harvard and a psychology degree from the University of Nebraska. He has lectured extensively on the law and ethics of mental health practice at conferences and in academic settings. His numerous articles and books include the Washington state volume of the American Psychological Association's series, Law & Mental Health Professionals (co-author). He currently is on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and in private practice consulting with counseling services and individual practitioners on legal and ethical problems that arise in the course of practice. He was named the "Distinguished Psychologist" for 2006 by the Washington State Psychological Association.

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CE credits: 6

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between confidentiality and privilege
  • Define mandated, permitted and authorized breaches of confidentiality
  • Discuss situations in which mental health providers have a duty to warn
  • Explain a mental health professional's duty to report child and elder abuse
  • Identify common exceptions to confidentiality
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