Three experts discuss the repercussions of sexual boundary violations and other professional misconduct and explain the difference between ethics committee and licensing board adjudications, malpractice actions, and criminal proceedings.
Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses
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Subject Matter Experts:
Sandra Nye, JD, MSW, is an attorney and former practicing social worker who concentrates on law related to health, mental health, and social service delivery. With her special background in mental health, she is the first person called whenever clinicians find themselves in any trouble or even have a question about potential trouble. A graduate of the University of Chicago, she received her law degree from De Paul University and her MSW from Loyola University School of Social Work. She has taught at the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago, Northwestern Medical School, and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, as well as being a highly sought after lecturer, writer, and consultation.
Joel Primes, JD, graduated from Santa Clara Law School in 1968. Upon graduation he commenced employment with the California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General. His specialty is administrative law, with most of his cases involving the medical, dental and chiropractic professions. He represented the California Department of Consumer Affairs agencies for 37 years, retiring from that position in 2004. Mr. Primes helped draft revisions to the California Administrative Procedures Act; California Administrative Hearing Practice book; and West's California Code Forms, Business and Professions. He represented California licensing agencies in administrative hearings to establish a licensee's unprofessional conduct. Most of his legal work involved litigation. His legal actions were to protect the public from licensed professionals who violated the law or agency regulations. Mr. Primes now defends licensees accused of unprofessional conduct in administrative law cases.
Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, is a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by the Hastings Center, The Carnegie Corporation, and the Haas Foundation. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subject of professional ethics and professional malpractice and liability. He chaired the national task force that drafted the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers in 1996. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on ethics, including Social Work Values and Ethics and AIDS and Ethics, and he has authored chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Bioethics and the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.
In addition, he has been an essayist on National Public Radio's Morning Edition ("This I Believe" series) and a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. In 2007 Dr. Reamer was appointed producer of the National Public Radio weekly series, This I Believe - Rhode Island, sponsored by NPR and radio station WRNI.
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, is a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. After working for 13 years in child psychiatric settings and 30 years in private practice, she is now founder and president of On Good Authority, and an expert interviewer.
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Upon completing this program, participants should be able to
- Recognize the difference between ethics committee adjudications, licensing board proceedings, malpractice claims, and criminal prosecution.
- Explain how ethics and licensing adjudications work.