Frederic Reamer, PhD, discusses ethical guidelines pertaining to privacy and confidentiality and recommends specific ways to manage patient confidentially that protect the client from disclosure and the therapist from a potential licensing board complaint or malpractice lawsuit. He also offers therapists a series of steps to take when they face an ethical dilemma where it is unclear what the standard of care is in that particular circumstance.
Updated 8/23/18 to provide current statute information regarding Confidentiality and Required Reporting for Texas LPCs,
Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses
This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.
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Subject Matter Expert:
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
- Discuss ethical principles as they apply to mental health practice; and
- Identify steps for making ethical decisions regarding patient confidentiality.