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Laws and Ethics Course

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW

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This course is recognized by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
This program is Approved by the the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (Approval #886463870-6296) for 6 Ethics continuing education contact hours.
This program is approved for 6 continuing education hours by:
The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) # 886463870
The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) # 6412
The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners #5547
Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists # 628
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors #1646 


After completing this training the professional healthcare provider will be able to:

1. Understand the need for laws and ethics in practice.

2. Discuss current laws and ethics in practicing general counseling principles.

3. Apply ethical principles in practice.

4. Understand the complexities of ethical dilemmas and apply a framework for dealing with these complexities.

5. Establish and maintain appropriate boundaries.

6. Maintain self-awareness and manage transference and counter-transference issues.

7. Apply the laws and ethics regarding reporting requirements, i.e. child abuse, elderly abuse, plan to harm self or others, Tarasoff etc.

8. Understand HIPPAA regulations and how to apply them in practice.

Laws and Ethics:

Taking a course on laws and ethics does not exactly create excited anticipation.As a healthcare practitioner you probably like working with people. If you wanted to work with laws and rules you would have been a lawyer. Is it enough to just know the basics (like Tarasoff) and move on? Nope, no way, uh-uh, can't happen. You have to know this stuff for at least two reasons: to protect your client (the consumer) and you (the healthcare professional). So, don't plug your nose and taking nasty medicine. Learn it, love it, embrace it, make it yours, and take it home with you.

The trip through laws and ethics is a trip you must take so we'll keep it straight and to the point. There are many great links if you want to see more expanded information on different subjects.

Need to Know

Laws and ethics permeate all services licensed professionals offer. They give the consumer protection and a set of expectations in the services they receive. They concurrently provide a road map for the professional healthcare practitioner. Unfortunately, licensed professionals occasionally fail to abide by legal and ethical standards. This often results in creating emotional harm for the client and the loss or suspension of the professional's license, and even incarceration. This course is designed to make clear the legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional healthcare practitioner.
Question No.1. Laws and Ethics provide the consumer protection and a set of expectations in the service they receive:

a. True
b. False
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