October 24, 2023
11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychotherapy

Mental health professionals are continuously faced with ethical, legal, and professional challenges in their psychotherapeutic work where they must thoughtfully discern what path they should take. How do they decide what the right thing to do is and what guidance can help them make informed decisions? The purpose of this workshop is to review the moral philosophy influences on our mental health ethics codes, highlight elements of our ethics codes that can be especially helpful in problem solving typical and current ethical dilemmas, and discuss easy to remember strategies and principles for professional ethical decision-making. Additionally, we will review common legal issues in psychotherapy and review some new trends regarding current practice (e.g., telehealth). Finally, we will discuss several professional issues that impact today’s professional practice as well.

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Seminar Agenda

11:00am-3:30pm PST

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how moral philosophy has provided the foundation of our professional ethical codes
  2. List 7-9 different approaches to ethical issues using moral philosophy as a guide
  3. Use a five-step problem solving approach to ethical decision making
  4. Discuss ethical problems using an easy to use and remember RRICC virtue ethics approach
  5. Describe nine legal issues that all mental health professionals must be knowledgeable about
  6. Discuss the criteria of malpractice and ways to avoid troubles in this area
  7. Discuss how informed consent can help solve most legal problems

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs is approved by the California Psychological Association, Office of Professional Development, to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs designate this live activity for 4 hours continuing education credits for the above-identified licensed professionals.

Refund and Attendance Policy
The seminars mentioned above are Free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Employees and Trainees.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted for those who attend the entire lecture



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