October 14, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Review and Update: Law and Ethics for Mental Health Professionals and Mental Health Trainees – Daniel O. Taube, JD, PhD

Meeting ethical and legal standards is foundational for the provision of competent mental health care. Many dimensions of these standards are clear and have remained constant over the years. Yet others continue to evolve, and mental health professionals (MHPs) routinely confront complex and ambiguous ethical and legal situations. The purpose of this course is to give MHPs an opportunity to renew and sharpen their ability to engage in knowledgeable and effective ethical decision-making, and understand and apply ethical and legal standards to challenges inherent in clinical work. The course also has the goal of assisting participants in better managing the risks of clinical practice. It will be taught at an intermediate level, and is appropriate for currently licensed professionals, and advanced pre-licensed professionals. This course meets and exceeds the Board of Psychology’s mandated ethics and law update requirement, and the Board of Behavioral Sciences 6 hour update requirement.

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Seminar Agenda

9:00 a.m. to noon for licensed mental health professionals only.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for licensed mental health professionals and mental health trainees.

Dr. Taube is not a member of the Bar, and will not offer legal advice in this course. The course is intended to provide education regarding various ethical and legal aspects of mental health services. In the event participants encounter legal issues in their practices, they should consult a member of the bar competent in mental health law.

Contact Information: Dr. Taube can be reached at dtaube@alliant.edu, or by phone at 415-336-8060. His mailing address is 2282 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe three problems with and strategies to overcome cognitive/affective decision making errors
2. Identify two main steps in structuring supervisory relationships so as to enhance clarity of
expectations and reduce risks.
3. Recognize two challenges in providing cross-jurisdictional telehealth
4. Describe two elements of an ethical approach to challenging racism in clinical practice
5. Summarize three developments in limitations on confidentiality in California
6. Define two aspects to appropriate terminations

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes the California Psychological Association’s continuing education credits for use by their licensees. 


Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Programs designates this live activity for 6 hours continuing education credits for the above-identified licensed professionals 


This event is fully booked.