Author: Thomas L. Hartsell, Jr.
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2013-04-23
Everything you need to legally safeguard your mental health practice Fully revised, The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals, Third Edition identifies, explores, and presents solutions to both the simple and complex legal questions that mental health practices must deal with daily. Written by Thomas Hartsell Jr. and Barton Bernstein—attorneys and therapists specializing in legal issues concerning mental health—this essential guide arms professionals with the expert knowledge needed to avoid a legal violation, or to know how to handle a situation if a complaint is filed. With downloadable sample forms and contracts—including the new Informed Consent for Psychological Testing and Professional Limited Liability Member Agreement forms—this complete resource features step-by-step guidance, helpful case studies, and "legal light bulbs" to alert clinicians to warning signs and help them steer clear of legally questionable situations. New to the Third Edition: Coverage of how to conduct business in a digital world, including how to handle confidentiality issues surrounding electronic health records and cloud computing, distance therapy, and maintaining a professional client-therapist relationship in a Facebook world Vital information on a variety of associations' ethics guidelines A look at the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act Considerations for using or not using evidence-based treatments New information on working with minors and dealing with homicidal clients Convenient and comprehensive, The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals, Third Edition is the quick-reference resource that mental health professionals, graduate students, attorneys, and clients alike can rely on to make informed legal decisions.
Author: Barton E. Bernstein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 1998-09-11
Everything you need to know to bullet-proof your practice against legal complications. The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals is an indispensable survival guide for mental health professionals practicing in these most litigious of times. Written by two attorneys specializing in the legal aspects of the mental health professions, it arms you with the expert knowledge you need to protect yourself and your practice, while serving your clients. Keeping the legal jargon to a bare minimum, Barton Bernstein and Thomas Hartsell, Jr. explain how to handle tricky practice issues such as malpractice allegations, coping with threats of violence, and preserving client confidentiality in a managed care era. Organized alphabetically for ready reference, this complete A-to-Z guide: Provides clear and concise answers to legal questions Covers key categories, including record-keeping, confidentiality, forensics, malpractice, managed care appeals, client/therapist relationships, and more Features step-by-step guidance, helpful case studies, and "legal lightbulbs" that alert you to crucial do's and don'ts, concepts, and warning signs Supplies you with sample forms and contracts to safeguard your practice against legal complications. You owe it to yourself and your clients to be up to speed on the important legal issues surrounding your profession. With The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals at your side you always will be.
Author: Barton E. Bernstein, JD, LMSW
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2005-08-08
A one-stop guide to testifying in court for mental healthprofessionals Even the most seasoned mental health professionals can findthemselves unnerved by the prospect of appearing in court,especially when presented with it for the first time. Those in themental health field usually have no formal preparation fortestifying in court, even though they often play an important partin many types of cases. The Portable Guide to Testifying in Court for Mental HealthProfessionals provides a concise yet comprehensive guide forpractitioners preparing to appear in court. The authors employtheir combined decades of legal work in the mental health field toprovide a clear, no-nonsense handbook of what to expect, how toprepare, and what to look out for when testifying in court. Along with a general introduction to courts and the legal system,the text details topics such as: * Testifying both as an expert and involuntary witness * Protecting clients when bringing therapy into testimony * Preparing for testimony * Tips to use and lawyers' tricks to look out for when testifyingin court Throughout the book, Bernstein and Hartsell use detailed casestudies to provide specific examples. In addition, "legal lightbulbs" offer important tips and facts, and appendices list relevantWeb resources and provide common legal forms. A one-of-a-kind resource, The Portable Guide to Testifying in Courtfor Mental Health Professionals gives a complete view of your rolein courtroom proceedings, offering a vital tool for both legal andmental health practices.
Author: Donna S. Sheperis
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Release Date: 2015-09-16
Genre: Social Science
Ethical practice is an essential aspect of counselor training. In order for counselors to competently work with clients, they must be well versed in ethical codes, ethical decision making, and legal issues impacting the profession. Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor provides the fundamentals of ethical practice, with emphasis on ethical decision making and is structured to facilitate the development of these skills. Authors Donna S. Sheperis, Stacy L. Henning, and Michael M. Kocet move the reader through a developmental process of understanding and applying ethical decision making. Individuals will be able to incorporate ethical practice into their understanding of the counseling process and integrate ethical decision making models into their counseling practice. This unique approach differs from existing texts because of its strong emphasis on practical decision making and focus on understanding the process of applying a standard ethical decision model to any ethical scenario. Students build a foundation in how to evaluate an ethical situation and feel confident that they have applied a set of decision models to reach the best decision.