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Navigating Ethical Challenges: Understanding Board Complaints, Legalities, and Professional Conduct

August 23, 2024

8:30 AM – 2:30PM

Armstrong Center Ballroom – 13040 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31419

Presented By: 
Tom Black, Ph.D., LPC (GA/USVI), LMHC (FL), CPCS, ACS

Summary: This presentation offers an in-depth exploration of critical ethical issues faced by licensed professional counselors, social workers, and marriage & family therapists. We will delve into the complexities surrounding licensing board ethics complaints, providing insights into common triggers and best practices for response. The session also covers crucial best practice aspects, including confidentiality breaches and their implications, to ensure practitioners are well-versed in safeguarding client information using ethical codes of NASW, AAMFT, and AMHCA/ACA to identify and resolve issues. Additionally, we will discuss the nuances of testifying in legal settings, emphasizing the balance between professional obligations and legal requirements. Lastly, the presentation highlights the importance of thorough and accurate documentation, a fundamental aspect often scrutinized during ethical reviews and legal proceedings, underscoring its role in upholding ethical standards and professional integrity in mental health practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Nature and Process of Licensing Board Ethics Complaints
  • Explore Psycho-Legal Considerations in Mental Health Practice
  • Learn Best Practices for Testifying in Legal Settings
  • Develop Skills in Effective and Ethical Documentation
  • Apply Ethical Principles in Real-World Scenarios


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