May 22, 2024 | Complex Ethics Cases and Decision Making in Behavioral Health: Risk Management Challenges


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May 22, 2024 | 8:30 am to 12:30 pm | Presenter: Fred Reamer, PhD

This webinar training will examine compelling ethical challenges in behavioral health.  Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, Dr. Frederic Reamer will explore difficult ethical issues and practical strategies designed to protect clients and practitioners.  The webinar will include challenging ethics cases and discuss practical steps that professionals can take to manage ethical issues skillfully.  Key topics will include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients’ rights, termination of services, documentation challenges, and impaired professionals.  Dr. Reamer will highlight unique ethics and risk management challenges that have emerged due to the dramatic increase in practitioners’ use of technology to serve and communicate with clients remotely.  The webinar will include discussion of relevant ethics standards, statutes, regulations, and case law.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to

  • Identify challenging ethical dilemmas in behavioral health
  • Apply prominent ethical and legal standards
  • Design protocols to protect clients
  • Implement protocols to help prevent litigation and licensing board complaints



Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, has been on the faculty of the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College since 1983. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy. Dr. Reamer chaired the task force that wrote the NASW Code of Ethics and has served on the code revision committee. He is the author of many books and other publications on professional ethics. His recent books include Risk Management in the Behavioral Health Professions: A Practical Guide to Preventing Malpractice and Licensing-Board Complaints (Columbia University Press) and Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press). Dr. Reamer has lectured nationally and internationally on social work and professional ethics, including in India, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and in various European nations. He has served as an expert witness in many court and licensing board cases throughout the United States

Contact Hours: 

4 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals
4 category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists in Maine.
4 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval from the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
4 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

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