An A-Z Guide to Protecting Your Clients, Your Practice, and Yourself
Author: Thomas L. Hartsell, Jr., JD
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Everything you need to legally safeguard your mental healthpractice Fully revised, The Portable Lawyer for Mental HealthProfessionals, Third Edition identifies, explores, and presentssolutions to both the simple and complex legal questions thatmental health practices must deal with daily. Written by ThomasHartsell Jr. and Barton Bernstein—attorneys and therapistsspecializing in legal issues concerning mental health—thisessential guide arms professionals with the expert knowledge neededto avoid a legal violation, or to know how to handle a situation ifa complaint is filed. With downloadable sample forms and contracts—including thenew Informed Consent for Psychological Testing andProfessional Limited Liability Member Agreementforms—this complete resource features step-by-step guidance,helpful case studies, and "legal light bulbs" to alert cliniciansto warning signs and help them steer clear of legally questionablesituations. New to the Third Edition: Coverage of how to conduct business in a digital world,including how to handle confidentiality issues surroundingelectronic health records and cloud computing, distance therapy,and maintaining a professional client-therapist relationship in aFacebook world Vital information on a variety of associations' ethicsguidelines A look at the Health Information Technology for Economic andClinical Health (HITECH) Act Considerations for using or not using evidence-basedtreatments New information on working with minors and dealing withhomicidal clients Convenient and comprehensive, The Portable Lawyer for MentalHealth Professionals, Third Edition is the quick-referenceresource that mental health professionals, graduate students,attorneys, and clients alike can rely on to make informed legaldecisions.
An A-Z Guide to Protecting Your Clients, Your Practice, and Yourself
Author: Barton E. Bernstein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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.
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.
Now fully revised and in a second edition, The Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals suggests solutions to the simple and complex ethical questions mental health professionals must deal with on a daily basis. This indispensable guide arms you with the expert knowledge you need to avoid an ethical violation?or to handle the situation if a complaint is filed. Web copy, 5/14/08, RH
This text provides students of family therapy with a unique opportunity to understand and compare the inner workings of 14 traditional and non-traditional family therapy models. The book demonstrates, through innovative “guiding templates,” how the different therapeutic models are applied in an actual family therapy situation. The second edition features a new chapter on neuroscience, new interviews with master therapists on topics such as LGBT families, EMDR and research, and coverage of ethical issues concerning electronic safety and telephonic therapy. Overviews of every model include history, views of change, views of the family, and the role of the therapist. Chapters on every model also provide responses to one, realistic case study with commentary and analysis by master therapists to illustrate how each one addresses the same scenario. Interviews with master therapists illustrate how each mode of therapy actually “works” and how therapists “do it.” Print version of the book includes free, searchable, digital access to the entire contents! New to the Second Edition: Examines neuroscience and its role in family therapy New chapter on solution focused narrative therapy with families Includes enhanced coverage of self-care and mindfulness for the therapist Contains educator resources including instructor’s manual, PowerPoint slides, and a test bank Updated references provide current developments in the field of marriage and family therapy Provides insight on submitting research articles for publication through an interview with a current journal editor Reports on current, revised ethical guidelines from the AAMFT Key Features: Provides a guiding template for each family therapy model from assessment through termination Describes a practice-oriented approach to family therapy Uses a single case study throughout the book where different approaches to therapy are applied by master therapists Introduces the theory, history, theoretical assumptions, techniques, and components of each model Includes numerous interviews, case study commentary, and analyses by master therapists
Opportunities and Challenges for Professional Practice
Author: Sophia F. Dziegielewski, PhD, LCSW
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Category: Social Science
This third edition of a best-selling social work text reflects the dramatic changes that have taken place in our health care environment since the second edition was published in 2004óand will likely continue to take place. It is a practical guide for social workers who must navigate our complex health care environment and accept new challenges while adapting to continual change. The book encompasses many facets of professional health care social work within the U.S. health care system, across key health care settings and with numerous different patient populations. The book is also a call to action for social workers, who today must not only be therapeutically effective but must be professionally competitive with other health care providers that claim similar treatment strategies and techniques. Permeating the third edition is a strong emphasis on the importance of developing best practices that are evidence-based, supportive, and ethically accountable while remaining time-limited and cost-effective. Each chapter contains a Glossary, Questions for Further Study, and a list of relevant websites. At the end of each chapter, a ìFuture Directionsî section helps social workers understand what to expect and how to prepare for changes in order to practice successfully. This third edition additionally encompasses updated professional profiles for diverse arenas of practice and is accompanied by an Instructorís Manual that provides a test bank, activities designed to enhance learning, and a sample syllabus. Completely new or updated sections examine: Mental health parity Changes in billing Evidence-based practice strategy Electronic record keeping and other advances in health technology Information related to the DSM-5 Protecting yourself legally in your documentation Protecting the privacy of the client Supervision in the health care setting The importance of teamwork and collaboration Social work in the military and VA settings Safety planning
Everything you need to know to protect your practice against ethical violations and complaintsThe Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals is a valuable, easy-to-use resource for all mental health service providers. Written by two attorneys specializing in legal and ethical issues in mental health, this indispensable guide arms you with the expert knowledge you need to avoid an ethical violation–or to handle the situation if a complaint is filed. Barton Bernstein and Thomas Hartsell Jr. tackle dozens of ethical questions using the codes of several mental health professional associations and provide practical guidelines for avoiding ethically questionable behavior.Organized alphabetically for easy reference, this complete A-to-Z guide: Provides clear, concise answers to ethical questions–from the simple to the complex Covers key categories, including confidentiality, dual relationships, sexual misconduct, false and misleading statements, malpractice, drug and alcohol use, documentation, record keeping, closing a practice (retirement or death), responding to a subpoena, and more Features step-by-step guidance, helpful case studies, and "ethical flash points" that alert you to warning signs and help you steer clear of ethically questionable situations Covers the role of state licensing boards and national mental health associations in responding to complaints of ethical violations Even an unintentional ethical violation can lead to personal and professional disaster. The Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals helps you protect yourself, your future, and your practice–and lets you focus on the best interests of your clients.