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The Nuts & Bolts of Legal & Ethical Practice | Seminar on DVD
Zuckerman, Edward, Ph.D.
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / 2013-01-01 / X40820
Ethics / Private Practice
price: $279.95 (may be subject to change)
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Multi-disc DVD recording (6 hours, 12 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.

NOTE: The seminar manual, CE information, and CE test are contained on disc #1 in PDF format. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer. For the video presentation, begin playing disc #1 in your DVD player.

The most comprehensive seminar recording on legal & ethical issues for clinicians...Guaranteed!

Dr. Ed Zuckerman’s life changed after he ignored a simple clinical rule, and he spent five years dealing with the consequences. Since then, Ed has trained professionals across the country and written best-selling books designed to help other mental health clinicians. At the heart of this practical one-day seminar are the following principles:
Understanding the concept of boundaries, crossings and violations, allows you to safely handle multiple relationships and avoid risky confusions
By fully appreciating the role of the Standards of Care you can work more comfortably in treacherous or disastrous circumstances
Become alert to harms that can grow from small errors in decision making by using the Slippery Slope model
Do quality work: Take a thorough history, make all the diagnoses and get old records

Many think the greatest risks to their practice are malpractice suits, suicidal clients and custody evaluations. In fact, licensing board complaints, broken confidentiality and fee collection efforts are much more dangerous.
Address HIPAA threats with policy and procedures
Cope with responsibilities of records when disabled or retired
Educate clients with handouts & simple procedures
All in the least amount of time, effort and cost

State the four required elements (“The F our D s”) for a successful malpractice claim
Identify which HIPAA-required elements to include in your Authorization to Release/Request records
Develop a format for a routine progress note you can live with and which meets the HIPAA requirements for release to managed care organizations
Estimate your own risk of a licensing board complaint and of a malpractice suit
Design an emergency plan for responding to a licensing board complaint
List the three requirements that make a consent valid
Describe the value of using a detailed client education handout about your practice’s rules and expectations

What are the Risks? Real vs. Hype
The BAD news about licensing board complaints and malpractice suits
Time for a reality check
There actually is GOOD news!
Who complains and when?
Triggers for complaints and suits

What Does Malpractice Mean for Me?
The elements of malpractice
Comparison of licensing board complaints and malpractice suits
Summary of the good news

Handling Problems
Avoiding the Slippery Slopes to disaster
How the complaint process works
What to do when you receive notice of a complaint against you
Develop your emergency plan

Theme 1: Build the legal and ethical into your paperwork and procedures
What to record and what not to record
How not to modify your records
Complexities of record retention
Consider using HIPAA-protected Psychotherapy Notes
Consult—The rule is ‘never worry alone’
Malpractice (professional liability) insurance

Keep Up With the Standards of Practice
Current ethical models and legal expectations
Understanding how the Standards protect us
Understanding your role as fiduciary

Make Your Paper “Work” Clinically
Use the HIPAA-required ICD-9 diagnoses
Make your brochure for clients the core document of your practice
Use more specific client education handouts for risky situations
Tighten up your procedures and paperwork for enhanced protection

Questions & Advice/Consultation

About the Speaker:

Edward Zuckerman, Ph.D., has created the most comprehensive and practical set of practice tools for clinicians of all experience levels. His books include The Paper Office: Forms, Guidelines and Resources to Make Your Practice Work Ethically, Legally, and Profitably (4th Ed. for 2008), The Clinician's Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports (7th ed.), and he co-authored Rewarding Specialties for Mental Health Clinicians: Developing Your Practice Niche, and The Authoritative Guide to Self Help Resources in Mental Health. All of these are published by Guilford Press. He has also written and published HIPAA Help: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability: A Compliance Manual for Psychotherapists.

Dr. Zuckerman earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience working in community mental health, with developmentally disabled adults, as a program evaluator, in full-time private practice and as a claims reviewer for Social Security Disability. He taught psychology courses at the University of Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon for 15 years.

His writing demonstrates an understanding of clinicians' work environments and needs based on his extensive experience. In his writing and workshops, Dr. Zuckerman provides invaluable consultation, practical information and usable forms and tool for the support functions of clinical practice.

Continuing Education Information:

For U.S. and Canadian customers, a CE test is available for $9.99 USD per participant. International CE rates may vary; please contact PESI, Inc Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

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