Description: (1) Purchase and read The Counselor and the Law, Seventh Edition. The book is written by Nancy Wheeler, an attorney in private practice who has advised counselors on legal and ethical issues for more than 25 years and who manages the ACA-sponsored Risk Management Service, and Burt Bertram, a counselor, consultant, and counselor educator. The authors provide a broad overview of the law and the potential areas of liability that you may encounter in your day-to-day practice. Order the book online at www.counseling.org/publications, or call 800-422-2648, x222, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (If you've already purchased this book, go to next step). (2) Purchase and take an online test for 6 continuing education credits. (3) If you pass the test and are insured through the ACA-sponsored program, you're eligible for an additional 10% discount on your professional liability insurance program for 3 consecutive years! This is in addition to the 10% discount you receive as an ACA member. After completing and passing the exam, fax a copy of your CE certificate, along with your policy number, to: 1-800-758-3635. Alternatively, you may mail your CE certificate and policy number to: HPSO, 159 East County Line Road, Hatboro, PA 19040. The discount will be applied for 3 consecutive years at your next renewal and cannot be combined with other discounts on the policy. *The 10% discount is available for individual policies only and is subject to $100 minimum premium. Questions may be directed to HPSO at 1-800-982-9491 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reader will learn relevant legal concepts to gain an understanding of how law and the counseling/mental health fields intersect; the reader will also be introduced to a decision-making model to help solve real-life legal/ethical dilemmas.
The reader will be exposed to emerging legal/ethical issues pertinent to counseling and mental health practice, such as referral of LGBTQ clients, concerns for counselor educators, expansion of HIPAA privacy through implementation of the HITECH Act and subsequent rules, and the impact of social media, online therapy and other electronic interface with relationships in the counseling arena.
The reader will be introduced to key concerns in documentation, dangerous clients, professional boundaries and practice management concerns.