Now fully revised and in a second edition, The Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals identifies, discusses, and suggests solutions to both the simple and complex ethical questions mental health professionals must deal with on a daily basis.
Written by attorney and mediator Thomas Hartsell Jr. and social worker and attorney Barton Bernstein, this indispensable guide arms you with the expert knowledge you need to avoid an ethical violation or to handle the situation if a complaint is filed.
This step–by–step guide offers helpful case studies and "ethical flash points" to alert you to warning signs and help you steer clear of ethically questionable situations. The new edition is fully revised with:
New material on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules integrated throughout the chapters
A new chapter on dealing with dangerous and problematic clients
A new chapter on avoiding complaints or malpractice suits by using dispute resolution alternatives such as mediation, conciliation, or arbitration
Coverage of key categories including confidentiality, sexual misconduct, false and misleading statements, drug and alcohol use, documentation, record keeping, closing a practice, and more
A listing of useful Internet addresses of the ethical codes for all the national mental health organizations and state licensing boards
Even an unintended ethical breach can lead to personal and professional disaster. The Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals, Second Edition helps you protect yourself, your future, and your practice and lets you focus on the best interests of your clients.
Part I: Client Issues.
1. Alternative Treatment Methods.
2. Boundary Violations.
4. Dangerous Clients.
6. False and Misleading Statements.
7. Informed Consent.
9. Prohibited Clients.
10. Risky Clients.
11. Repressed and Recovered Memory.
12. Sexual Misconduct.
13. Terminating Therapy.
Part II: Ethics Codes and Licensing.
14. Areas of Ethical Complaints.
15. Ethics Codes as Evidence.
16. Licensing Board Procedures.
17. Office of Civil Rights.
18. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
19. Reporting Statutes and Obligations.
Part III: Practice Considerations.
21. Establishing a Practice.
22. Closing or Interrupting a Practice.
23. Kickbacks, Bartering, Fees, and Gifts.
24. Malpractice Insurance.
25. Record Keeping.
Part IV: Professional Issues.
26. Drug and Alcohol Use, Impairment.
27. Duty to Warn.
28. Interprofessional Issues.
29. Professional Vulnerability.
Part V: Special Therapy Considerations.
31. Forensic Evaluation.
32. Group Therapy.
33. Don′t Do Dumb Stuff.
Epilogue: Ethics in the Twenty–First Century.
Appendix A: Mental Health Professional Organizations.
Appendix B: Allied Healthcare Providers Professional and Supplemental Liability Insurance Policy.
Appendix C: Social Workers Professional Liability Claims–Made Policy.
Appendix D: Sample Jurisprudence Exam Questions.
References and Reading Material.
Barton E. Bernstein, JD, LMSW, is an attorney in private practice in Dallas, Texas, and a Licensed Master Social Worker. He conducts workshops and seminars throughout the United States.
Together, the authors wrote the first edition of this book and its two companion volumes, The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals, Second Edition and The Portable Guide to Testifying in Court for Mental Health Professionals, both published by Wiley.