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Course Overview

This course is designed to help you distinguish between legal, ethical, and standard of care issues. It is designed to serve as a guide to help you understand the law and make ethical decisions in your work, as well as develop risk management and compliance strategies to help you avoid disciplinary actions and claims of malpractice. You will also learn about informed consent, confidentiality and privacy, professional boundaries, and use of technology, among other issues. Taking this course can help you prepare for and recognize legal and ethical concerns. However, you will also need to familiarize yourself with the specific laws, ethical codes, organizational policies, and standards of care that apply to your practice. Professional organizations and associations, state licensing boards, and attorneys familiar with behavioral health law can help you access information relevant to your work. Please note, the content in this course is designed to heighten clinicians’ general awareness of legal and ethical concerns. It is not offered as legal advice for any individual provider or specific situation.

About the Course Author

Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Dr. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.

Dr. Reamer has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. He has published 21 books and more than 150 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and served on the code revision task force. He chaired the international commission sponsored by the Association of Social Work Boards to develop Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored jointly by the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association to develop Technology Standards in Social Work Practice. He has served as an expert witness and consultant more than 100 court and licensing board cases addressing professional ethics.

Among many national awards, Dr. Reamer received the Excellence in Ethics Award from the National Association of Social Workers in 2015.

Frederic G. Reamer PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (50 Match)

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.00HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Nurses will receive 2.0 Nursing Contact Hours after successfully completing this course.
  • American Psychological Association

    2.00HOURS


    As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer co-sponsored psychology continuing education by the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.

  • California Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS

    Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791 Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    Education hours MCBAP-R This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by Relias LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 2.0 CE. NAADAC Provider #86124, Relias, LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors

    2.00HOURS


    Relias, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6110. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Relias , LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

  • Ohio Marriage and Family Therapist Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RTX050401 (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours
  • Ohio Professional Counselor Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Provider # RCX100502 (CEBroker Provider: 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Social Worker Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Connecticut Certification Board

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Breining Institute for Registered Addiction Specialists

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board

    2.00HOURS


    Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

    Content Area: C9
  • Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours. Clinical supervision courses may only be used to satisfy CE requirements for individuals who are already Board-Approved Supervisors. They may not be used to meet the 30 hour requirement found in minn. Rule 5300.0160.
  • Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Illinois Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association

    2.00HOURS

    Categories Counselor II, Preventionist II, CARS II, CODP II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP II, CRSS II, CPRS II, MAATP II, NCRS II, CFPP II, CVSS II This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers/Marriage & Family Therapists

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Association of Social Work Boards

    2.00HOURS


    As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 Ethics continuing education credits.


    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit

    2.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0009. Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules. As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. Social workers will receive 2.0 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Florida Board of Psychology

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board Of Psychology (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Psychologists will receive 2.0 hours.
  • Georgia Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider number 1S-06-729-0220 for 2.0 CEH's
  • Missouri Credentialing Board

    2.00HOURS

    This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Counselors (MHC)

    2.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0011 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias, LLC are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)

    2.00HOURS

    Relias, LLC, is recognized by New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0009 As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias are considered "self-study". The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

    2.00HOURS


    In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


    Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • South Carolina Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Florida Board of Medicine

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Board of Medicine (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Physicians will receive 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
  • Florida Physician Assistants

    2.00HOURS


    Florida Physician Assistants (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Board

    2.00HOURS

    This course has been approved by the North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board for 2.0 hours of CEU credit.
  • West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • California Association of DUI Treatment Programs

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • New Mexico Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing

    2.00HOURS


    Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).

    Nurses will receive 2.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • Ohio State Medical Board

    2.00HOURS


    State Medical Board of Ohio (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

    Physicians will receive 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

    2.00HOURS


    Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

    Physicians will receive 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
  • Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure

    2.00HOURS


    Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure (CEBroker Provider #: 50-290)

    Physicians will receive 2.0 AMA PRA category 1 Credits™.
  • South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners

    2.00HOURS


    South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

  • Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • American Psychological Association

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • National Board for Certified Couneslors

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals

    2.00HOURS

    N/A
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation

    2.00HOURS

    N/A


Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-HHS-0-LESCCMHP-V2
  • Hours:

    2.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2019-08-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-06-30
  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe actions that can be taken to make sound ethical decisions and effectively mitigate the risk of ethics violations or malpractice complaints.; Explain laws, ethics, and standards of care as they pertain to behavioral health.; Identify legal and ethical standards related to client consent, relationships, and privacy.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Ethics, Laws, and Standards of Care
    What Do You Think?
    What Are Standards of Care, Ethics, and Laws?
    Standards of Care
    Ethics
    Laws
    How Does This Impact You?
    Let’s Practice: Jamal
    Summary
    Section 3: Consent
    Informed Consent
    Limits to Consent
    Minors and Consent
    Mental Capacity and Legal Competency
    Mental Capacity and Informed Consent
    Assessing Mental Capacity
    Legal Competency and Informed Consent
    Involuntary Treatment
    Let’s Practice: Tomio
    Summary
    Section 4: Relationships and Boundaries
    Therapeutic Relationships
    Boundaries
    Dual Relationships
    Difference Between Boundary Violations and Boundary Crossings
    Physical Touch
    Sexual Misconduct
    Terminating Services
    Let’s Practice: Hiroki
    Summary
    Section 5: Privacy and Confidentiality
    Client Privacy and Confidentiality
    Technology and Information Security
    Privacy Regulations
    HIPAA Overview
    Psychotherapy Notes Under HIPAA
    HIPAA Enforcement
    42 CFR Part 2 Overview
    Exceptions to Confidentiality
    Mandated Reporting Laws
    Mandated Reporting Laws: Do Not Ignore Them!
    Incapacity or Emergency
    Duty to Warn or Protect
    Court Orders
    Review
    Summary
    Section 6: Violating Standards of Care
    Common Misunderstandings
    Disciplinary Actions
    Malpractice
    Bases for Disciplinary and Malpractice Actions
    Compliance and Risk Management
    Seeking Guidance
    Let’s Practice
    Summary
    Section 7: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributors
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Case Managers; Entry level Marriage and Family Therapists; Entry level Professional Counselors; Entry level Psychologists; Intermediate level Social Workers; Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.