3.50 CE Credits Available
Legal & Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals, Volume 1: Revised 2020
by Stephen Feldman
Finally, a video program to fulfill your legal and ethical CE requirements that is not only indispensable for daily practice but also engaging, entertaining and informative. Updated 2020 to include changes in laws, use of technology, and more.

Confidentiality, privilege, duty to warn, child/elder abuse, HIPAA and telehealth are not just technical terms; they are must-know concepts for all clinicians. As busy mental health practitioners, we are confronted daily by a host of clinical, legal and ethical challenges requiring us to remain on our toes.

The four lively and thought-provoking vignettes in this video will help you do exactly that by clearly explicating the demands inherent in your varying therapeutic roles. Incisive commentary by clinical and legal expert Stephen Feldman and provocative conversations between Feldman and Psychotherapy.net founder Victor Yalom will deepen your legal and ethical insights, strengthen your decision-making and help you minimize the likelihood of board complaints and malpractice litigation. 

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
In Depth
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In this video, you will watch and learn from the lively dramatizations of a judge, her law clerk and a journalist as they discuss actual key legal cases (such as Tarasoff and Jaffe V. Redmond) that led to the creation of mental health laws. As the judge debates both sides of the argument and makes her decisions, you will take away a deeper appreciation for the complexities of legal/ethical decision-making and apply it to your own practice.

This video is ideal for classroom instruction, clinical training and supervision, as well as for CE certification. By watching this video, you will learn how to:
  • Identify the legal and ethical demands of your varying clinical roles
  • Describe the difference between confidentiality and privilege
  • Understand how the HIPAA impacts privacy and the sharing of client information
  • Define mandated, permitted and authorized breaches of confidentiality
  • Discuss situations in which mental health providers have a duty to both warn and report
  • Explain a mental health professional’s responsibility regarding child and elder abuse
  • Appreciate the legal and ethical complexities involved in telehealth 
Revised course has been updated in 2020 to address current legal and ethical issues.  

Length of video: 3:25:00

English subtitles available

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: 3.5

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the differences between confidentiality and privilege
  • Recite mandated, permitted and authorized breaches of confidentiality
  • Discuss situations in which mental health providers have a duty to warn

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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