Today's diverse, fast-changing, multidisciplinary mental health care environment involves many mental health care professionals who work together for the common goal of the patient.
This includes physicians/psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and others. Nothing in health care is more fractured than in mental health among a multitude of mental health practitioners.
Like physicians/psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, psychologists as health care practitioners obtained an education, passed applicable examinations, completed professional training and hold a license to practice their chosen profession of psychology, often by being educated and trained at the doctoral level.
The license to practice is issued by the state agency which has exclusive jurisdiction over this health care practitioner.
Thereafter, the state's authority and power over the psychologist often present challenges to that professional. Their governing state agency routinely handles, investigates and dismisses or prosecutes alleged violations of law that can be career ending for the psychologist if pursued. But that process takes time with many steps necessary for the due process of law.
One of the ultimate actions the state may take is to issue a suspension or revocation of the psychologist's professional license. Yet many state actions fall short of such drastic outcomes, but still, have serious, permanent consequences for the psychologist as a licensed health care professional.
Learn to identify the legal authority for state agencies to regulate the practice of psychology. Seek to understand and defend against state actions which may result in career-ending consequences for the health care professional.
This program offers an objective, thorough review of the ethical and legal violations committed by psychologists, the defenses to such actions, with practical tips to defend successfully those common violations.
Why should you Attend: Psychologists are mental health care professionals who serve an important role in providing mental health assessment, treatment and counseling. In addition, they serve as mental health experts in forensic settings, such as competency to stand trial.
In the context of these doctor-patient relationships in mental health, what are the top legal and ethical violations against psychologists? Identify and understand the complaints against psychologists which may have catastrophic consequences and career-ending impact.
Psychologists are some of the most educated mental health care practitioners working in today's diverse, fast-changing, multidisciplinary mental health care environment. The state's authority and power over the psychologist often presents challenges to that professional that are not easy to navigate.
Psychologists must adhere to many standards of state law which govern their professional practices, including the doctor-patient relationship. Yet once a complaint is received and investigated by a state agency, the psychologist is left with an uncertain process to handle the state action.
Learn to identify and understand the most common violations of law against psychologists. This allows the practitioner to defend against such state actions which may result in ruinous practice and career consequences for the psychologist. This program offers an objective, thorough review of the legal and ethical analysis of state licensure board complaints against psychologists.
Areas Covered in the Session:
- Sources of legal authority for the state to take disciplinary action against psychologists
- Administrative procedures applied to the process of disciplinary actions
- Due process standards for the psychologists
- Defenses to disciplinary action proceedings
- Review of the most common ethical and legal violations committed by psychologists
- Practice tips for successfully handling disciplinary action proceedings
Who Will Benefit:
- Attorneys at Law
- Hospital Administrators
- Health Care Facility Managers
- Government Employees
- Physicians and Medical Office Managers
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Health Care Lawyers
- Physical Therapists
Mark Brengelman – MentorHealth Speaker Profile
Mark Brengelman became interested in the law when he graduated with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. In 1995, Mark became an Assistant Attorney General and focused in the area of administrative and professional law. He represented multiple boards as General Counsel and Prosecuting Attorney.
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