ETHICS TRAINING through Deb’s BEYOND ETHICS, LLC
Offering 3.0 hours of required Ethics to satisfy your renewal requirements. I always train with case examples and lots of humor, and – most importantly – audience participation with difficult situations, clinically and legally. I try to convey the way to protect yourself professionally – practicing ethically AND self-protectively are not in conflict.
2017 Training Schedule: 3.0 hours of Ethics held at East Jefferson General Hospital on the following three Fridays: February 17th, June 2nd, and November 3rd. All workshops run from 8:45 a.m. to noon.
In my legal consultations with clinicians, as well as in the various groups to whom I present on high-risk clinical practice, I often get asked questions about practicing within this new age of social media and client mobility. I will present the pertinent rules and regulations governing social media and electronic communication with clients. I will also explore the seduction and risks of both and, along with audience participation and case examples, will analyze how to reduce such risks to protect the therapeutic relationship and guard the clients’ confidentiality. Finally, I will teach participants specific steps for responding to subpoenas that compel the release of clients’ clinical records.
Once you are registered for one of the trainings, you will be invited to send me questions or case examples of sticky situations you or others you know have encountered. Your input will enrich our time together and provide great grist for the training mill. Hope to see you in 2017 at East Jefferson General Hospital Conference Center for my Beyond Ethics, LLC trainings!!
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What people said about my most recent seminar:
- “I always enjoy your trainings. I appreciate your flexibility in regards to discussing audience members’ concerns/experiences.”
- “My third seminar with you — you are great! Keep on teaching this class…”
- “Always great! Thank you! Wish you had more throughout the year… You are engaging and positive.”
- “Excellent! I could not think of anything to improve on this workshop. Keep doing what you’re doing.”
- “Excellent presentation. Very informative and well thought out frame work. Thanks Deb!”
- “Presenter was engaging, knowledgeable, and very thorough.”
- “Great seminar and very informative. Thank you!”
- “Very intriguing and engaging session.”
- “Nice work! Very interesting, especially when examining specific case studies.”
Question/Answer Corner: What’s On Your Mind?
Q: A client sees you once or twice and expresses a fairly high degree of sadness about the death of a spouse or close friend/family and perhaps even expresses a history of self-harm, although you don’t feel that the client is in imminent danger of self-harm at the time. Then, the client cancels subsequent appointments. You reach out and get no response from the client. What should you do? Anything?
A: Protect yourself by sending the client a letter stating that since he/she has canceled appointments and is not responding to your phone calls/emails that you are closing the case at this time. You should also state that if the client wishes to return to see you in the future, you are fine with that, but want the client to know that at present, you are closing his/her file. You can provide some referrals to emergency crisis lines or Hospital ER departments, but don’t make it seem as though you believe the client is in danger of self-harm.
The liability with leaving a case “open” is that if the client were to hurt him/herself, the case might be made that you were still the therapist and, therefore, responsible for not making sure the client was protected by hospitalization, etc. The letter indicates that the therapeutic relationship is terminated and you should state expressly that you are no longer the client’s therapist, although if the client wishes to reinstate the therapeutic relationship, he or she may do so. That way you are handling the matter ethically from a clinical standpoint (offering referrals and the opportunity to reinstate therapy), but also making sure to protect yourself legally. Understand that if the client commits suicide, you can still be sued, but hopefully the termination letter will aid in your defense that you were no longer the therapist and not responsible for the client’s self-harm.
New Year’s Resolutions – Why and What Type are Most Likely to Endure: Does This Understanding Help Us with Other Types of Personal Growth Techniques?
My idea for writing this blog is to ask to questions about such resolutions. First, why do we make them? Second, is there a particular type or version of the age-old New Year Resolution that is more likely than other types to remain part of our consciousness past January.
Much is made of New Year’s Resolutions and most of us probably make them in one variety or another. Forbes contributor Dan Diamond writes that 40% of Americans make such resolutions.
And, research from the University of Scranton suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.
So, first – why do we make these resolutions if statistically we are likely not to keep them? Most things we do that fade from our minds fairly quickly we probably don’t repeat year after year. So, why keep making the New Year’s Resolutions?
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Deb’s Louisiana Law Practice
(1) Case/Clinical/Legal Consultations – can be undertaken via teleconference or in person. Call or email for appointment. Flat fee for up to one hour is charged. I am in New Orleans every month or so to meet with licensees who prefer face-to-face in person consultations, but also can arrange consultations via Skype or video face time (with android phones).
(2) Defense for Licensing Board Complaints – with Social Work, LPC, or Psychology Board. Other health professionals are also represented.
(3) Adoptions – while I do not have an “inventory” of babies, many of my clients have found babies who are available for adoption through friends or relatives. The latter is easier to accomplish because it is an “intrafamily” adoption and much easier to accomplish. Stepparent adoptions are considered “intrafamily” adoptions, too. Private (non-family) adoptions are not extremely expensive, but do require a private Home Study by another social worker and that adds to the cost of that type of adoption.
Legal Services Offered
- Legal Representation & Consultation for grievances (complaints) to licensing boards and/or malpractice lawsuits
- Training & Consultation for Clinicians and Agencies (e.g., respond ethically to subpoenas while protecting yourself and your clients; identify high-risk clients and situations to avoid client disciplinary complaints and harm to clients or third parties)
Deb Henson is an Attorney and LCSW (Tulane School of Social Work, MSW) in private practice in Denver and New Orleans, specializing in mental health licensing defense. She represents clinicians in DORA grievances (CO) and licensing board Complaints (LA) and regularly consults with clinicians in both states to help them deal with legal and clinical conundrums, such as: (1) the receipt of subpoenas for records or testimony; (2) the escalation of high-risk clinical situations; and (3) other sticky ethical wickets that arise in clinical practice. Deb helps clinicians develop self-protective, clinically sound and legally proper strategies for risk prevention.
Deb has been presenting half- and full-day seminars on “Avoiding Ethics Complaints and Malpractice Lawsuits” or “Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice” around the country through PESI, Inc. for over 7 years and presenting for many CEU groups in Louisiana and Colorado. She also has lectured for Tulane School of Social Work Continuing Education and the University of Texas School of Social Work (Austin) Continuing Professional Development program, and for many other clinical and counseling groups. Deb started her own training biz — Beyond Ethics, LLC — in 2009. Contact Deb for group presentations to agency staff and/or private practice consultation groups.
Deb can be reached through her law and social work web site: www.deborahmhenson.com or through her training web site: www.beyond-ethics.com. Deb can also be emailed at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. And, you can use the old tried and true method of calling her at 504.232.8884.