Ethics and the Law

 Ethics and the Law

Live Seminar:


  • DS 19 - Legal & Ethical Issues What A Clinician Really Needs To Know
  • Author: Patrick DeChello Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Home study Courses:

  • 7.0 CE Contact Hours
  • 3.0 CE Contact Hours


Resources and staffing is limited. As a result, clinicians are doing for more than ever before. Today's clinician is confronted with many legal and ethical issues on a daily basis. Understanding and navigating through the maze can be disheartening and confusing. Clinicians often make decisions about what to do without appropriate guidance or knowledge that puts them at risk.

The purpose of this seminar is to assist participants in understanding how legal and ethical practice affects treatment outcomes and can increase or decrease liability. A review of ethical scenarios based on actual practice will afford the participant to understand the practical application of the laws and ethics that govern practice.

Since every discipline has it's own code of ethics, clinicians are often left to interpret them as they apply to practice. Generally, federal law supercedes state law unless the state law is in compliance with the federal law and stricter. This seminar will cover both state specific information as well as federal law. Client rights, HIPPA standards, Tarasoff, standard practices, ethical application of the laws and treatment criteria, suicide assessment, abuse/neglect, commitments, police protective custody, crisis teams, clinician impairment and limitation of liability are all issues covered in this workshop.

Learning Objectives:
Participants attending this workshop will:
  1. Learn to identify the characteristics of good ethical and legal practice and make good ethical decisions.
  2. Understand the Role of the crisis team and emergency department in evaluating risk.
  3. Learn what is a dual relationship and how they can make a clinician vulnerable to professional suicide.
  4. Become familiar with how to deal with gifts from clients.
  5. will know when to use or not use Safety Contracts
  6. learn to differentiate between commitment statutes, police protective custody and voluntary admissions.
  7. learn when they can provide services to minors without parental knowledge or consent.
  8. Learn to apply both federal and state confidentiality laws including HIPAA.
  9. Differentiate between judicial and attorney subpoenas and when does a clinician have to comply.
  10. Learn to apply confidentiality law in dealing with
  11. Risk Containment Strategies with Suicidal and Homicidal clients.
  12. Review ethical codes and actually process practice scenarios exercises.
  13. Examine negligence law, foreseeability, causation and multiple causation.
  14. Be able to identify the main elements of Tarasoff and how it applies in practice.
  15. Have a general understanding of HIPAA requirements governing clinicians.
  16. Identify 3 types of legal wrongs
  17. Clearly differentiate between law, ethics, standards practice
  18. Review the definitions and laws surrounding sexual harassment.
  19. Review voluntary, involuntary and protective custody commitments.
  20. Learn when a child or adolescent can seek treatment without parental permission. Minor Rights and Emancipation will be covered.
  21. Review criteria governing informed consent
  22. Learn to establish standards of practice.
  23. Learn to identify risk-susceptibility factors that make clinicians vulnerable to suit.
  24. Learn to deal with impaired colleagues.
  25. Learn reporting criteria for child abuse, neglect, risk and abandonment. 

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Meet Dr. DeChello

Patrick L. DeChello PhD.,LCSW, RPH is an internationally recognized clinical social worker, doctor of clinical psychology, hypnotherapist and chemical dependence specialist with over 25 years of experience.

He is the author of over 28 books and numerous articles in the mental health and chemical dependency fields.

Dr. DeChello has been on the faculty of many universities such as Yale University, New Hampshire College, the Springfield College Schools of Social Work and Social Services, Fordham University and many others.

He is highly sought after for his vast experience in areas such as suicide, pharmacology, clinical supervision, research, hospital administration, agency accreditation and domestic violence.

Dr DeChello has consulted to Parliament in the United Kingdom, Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, school systems, insurance companies, private practitioners and government agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.