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Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health

Gain a better understanding of ethical challenges and standards in behavioral health.

Behavioral health practitioners, including social workers, psychologists, mental health and substance use counselors, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists, face a wide range of complex ethical challenges. What are the limits of clients' confidentiality rights? How do I manage boundaries and dual relationships in a small community? How should I respond to clients' Facebook friend requests? When is it appropriate to share personal information with clients? Is it ethical to provide services to clients remotely without ever meeting them in person? Inevitably, practitioners encounter challenging ethical dilemmas that require sound judgment in order to protect clients and service providers. Common ethical issues involve managing sensitive confidential information, informed consent, conflicts of interest, boundary issues, termination of services, practitioners use of social media and other technology, and documentation, among others. Behavioral health practitioners, clinical supervisors, and administrators must be proactive in their efforts to comply with ethical standards, protect clients, and prevent litigation and licensing board complaints. This information will provide an in-depth discussion of ethical challenges and share practical risk management advice.

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Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health: Introduction and Case Examples

  • Overarching Themes: Ethical Mistakes, Ethical Decisions, Ethical Misconduct
  • Key Ethical Challenges: Confidentiality, Privileged Communication, Boundaries, Dual Relationships, Conflicts of Interest, Documentation, Professional Competence
  • Ethical Issues in the Digital Age: Practitioners' Use of Technology to Deliver Services, Communicate With Clients, and Locate and Store Information

Protecting Clients: Practical Strategies

  • Ethical Standards in Behavioral Health
  • Legal Guidelines: Statutes, Regulations, Case Law
  • Ethics Consultation

Preventing Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action

  • Standards of Care in Behavioral Health
  • Professional Negligence
  • The Nature of Malpractice and Liability
  • Risk Management Strategies
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Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D.

Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D.

Rhode Island College

  • Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College
  • His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare and professional ethics
  • Taught at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Social Work
  • Conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by the Hastings Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Haas Foundation, and the Scatter-good Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare at the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Published 21 books and more than 140 journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters
  • Writer of chapters on professional ethics in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, the Encyclopedia of Global Ethics, and the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics
  • Lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics, and professional malpractice and liability
  • Chaired the national task force that wrote the code of ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers
  • Served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings
  • Ph.D. degree, University of Chicago
  • Can be contacted at freamer@ric.edu
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Product ID: 405193
Published 2019
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