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2-day In-person Seminar

Ethics and Laws for Mental Health Professionals


April 14th & 15th, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

San Diego, CA

Venue: Four Points By Sheraton San Diego Downtown


Director : Mark Brengelman
  (Without stay)   Price: $1,495.00
(Seminar Fee for One Delegate)

  (With stay)   Includes   Price: $1,895.00
(Seminar Fee for One Delegate)


**Please note the registration will be closed 2 days (48 Hours) prior to the date of the seminar.

Mental health care practitioners work in today's diverse, fast-changing, multidisciplinary health care environment. Nowhere but in mental health is there such diversity of clinicians who provide the same or similar services of counseling and therapy. A potential client has a wide choice of mental health providers from whom to choose.

Yet each individual mental health profession has a unique education, training, and experience requirement for practice. While similarities exist, requirements differ from state to state and even from profession to profession with a single state. What are these requirements and how do they apply?

The state's authority and power over mental health practitioners often presents challenges to these mental health professionals that are not easy to navigate. Differing sources of legal and ethical authority govern each respective health care practitioner in ways that are similar but not the same. Ethics and law are similar, but not the same.

All mental health practitioners must adhere to standards of state law which govern their professional practices, including the very core of the doctor-patient relationship. Codes of ethics and state law may both apply to govern the conduct of this clinician. Even some state laws are referred to as ethical codes.

Complaints as to alleged misconduct or ethical failings are received and investigated by a state agency and leave the mental health practitioner with an uncertain process to handle and to defend the state action against them. With this background, this seminar empowers the full understanding and application of ethics and laws for mental health practitioners.

Learn to identify and understand an ethical framework for a sound mental health practice. An ethical framework is essential to having the right perspective to examine mental health dilemmas. Compare and contrast regulatory laws and codes of ethics to understand their differing applicability. Know the difference between laws and ethics, and even laws that are called ethics.

Describe the inherent risks in mental health practice where the protection of confidences and secrets of the patient are a core part of the doctor-patient relationship. Identifying risks will first help in addressing how to solve them.

Review the most common violations of law against mental health clinicians where state licensure complaints can be ruinous - even when they do not end a professional career. Mere suspension from practice and fines against the professional license will have long-term consequences. This seminar review actual cases before state agencies.

Learn practical tips about how to avoid liability and manage risk in clinical settings. Deal with the unique challenges faced by mental health professionals in complying with ethics and laws.

Avoiding liability and risk allows the mental health care practitioner to escape sanctions and to defend successfully against legal actions which may result in severe practice and career consequences for the mental health practitioner.

These issues will be explored during part of this continuing education in both a single group and also in small groups using various vignettes and hypothetical situations - but ones that come from real life case studies.

This program offers an objective, thorough review of ethics and law for mental health practitioners with an emphasis on the state laws and ethics that govern the practice of various mental health professionals. This continuing education looks at detailed case studies of licensure board actions from actual disciplinary actions. Finally, this program provides the defensive tools to minimize liability and risk with regard to ethics and the law governing mental health practitioners.


Why should you attend:

The Affordable Care Act has provided and required health care insurance for many people who had no access or limited access to medical coverage, including newly found access to mental health care. Mental health care is expanding as providers are needed to meet this growing demand for services.

Yet this expansion has added to the uncertainty when a diverse group of unique practitioners now exists to provide mental health services, but who are these providers and how do they differ? Individual state laws and codes of ethics exist to govern their conduct in their individual professions.

These mental health practitioners are fearful when routinely faced with a variety of high risk, legal situations. These events can expose clinicians to liability, lawsuits, and complaints to their respective governing state licensing board.

For example, dual relationships and standard of care are two of the most common issues associated with the sanctioning of mental health practitioners.

What other violations may trap the unwary clinician? Doubt exists when an uncertain patchwork of state laws and ethical obligations allows uncertainty to exist when attempting to comply with various mandates.

Safe harbors exist that allow the practitioner to comply with the law, ethics, and limited liability. Erase this uncertainty in an overlapping field of mental health by knowing the intersection of ethics and law for mental health practitioners.

This continuing education webinar will explore the common risks that face clinicians in this area of practice and will give practical tips about how to avoid legal liability and threat to the practice of the mental health practitioner in a growing and complicated field that is today's mental health practice.


Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Identify the intersection of statutes, administrative, regulations, and codes of ethics for state licensure boards;
  • Conduct an overview of professional ethics for mental health professionals;
  • Compare and contrast important laws for mental health professionals and codes of ethics;
  • Review some of the most common complaints against clinicians to state licensure boards;
  • Identify an ethical framework for sound mental health practice;
  • Describe the inherent risks in mental health practice, and;
  • Provide practical tips about how to avoid liability and manage risk in Clinical settings.

Who will benefit:

  • Individual Mental Health Practitioners
  • Including Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Social Workers, and Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • Other Individual Health Care Practitioners
  • Health Care Attorneys
  • Corporate Counsel in Health Care
  • University Faculty in Allied Health Care, Including Departments of Psychology, Counseling, and Social Work.

Day 1 Schedule


(8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.)

Opening remarks and introductions


Lecture 1: (9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)

The intersection of statutes, administrative regulations, and codes of ethics for state licensure boards - part 1


(10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.)

Tea break


Lecture 2: (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

The intersection of statutes, administrative regulations, and codes of ethics for state licensure boards - part 2


(12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Lunch break


Lecture 3: (1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

An overview of professional ethics for mental health professionals


(3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.)

Tea break


Lecture 4: (3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. )

Compare and contrast important laws for mental health professionals and codes of ethics


Lecture 5: (4:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Concluding remarks and open discussion

Day 2 Schedule


(8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.)

Opening remarks and summarizing discussions


Lecture 1: (9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.)

Review ten most common complaints to state licensure boards-part 1


(10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.)

Tea break


Lecture 2: (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Review ten most common complaints to state licensure boards-part 2


(12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.)

Lunch break


Lecture 3: (1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Small group vignettes with 3 vignettes on ethics and law


(3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.)

Tea break


Lecture 4: (3:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m. )

Tips for avoiding liability and risk


Lecture 5: (4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Concluding remarks and seminar summary

Concluding remarks and seminar summary with top take aways

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Mark Brengelman

Attorney at Law, Hazelrigg and Cox LLP

Mark worked as the assigned counsel to numerous health professionals licensure boards as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Moving to private practice, he now helps clients in health care in a wide variety of contexts.

Mark became interested in the law when he graduated with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. In 1995, Mark became an Assistant Attorney General and focused in the area of administrative and professional law. He represented multiple boards as General Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney.

Mark retired from state government in the summer of 2012. Also in 2012, he became certified as a hearing officer. He then opened his own law practice to focus on government services and consulting, continuing education, and the representation of health care practitioners before licensure boards and in other professional regulatory matters.

Expanding his health law experience, he was a registered legislative agent (lobbyist) for the Kentucky Association of Pastoral Counselors for the successful passage of Senate Bill 61 passed by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed by the Governor into law on April 9, 2014.

Mark is a frequent participant in continuing education and has been a presenter for over a dozen national and state organizations including the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute.

He is the founding presenter for "Navigating Ethics and Law for Mental Health Professionals," a continuing education training approved by five Kentucky mental health licensure boards, which was presented at Midway College with a licensed clinical social worker in 2013 and 2014.

Since October 2013, Mark has practiced law with the firm of Hazelrigg & Cox, LLP, as partner - an established law firm tracing its history in Frankfort, Kentucky, over one hundred years.

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