This 6-hour program addresses the profound changes that are taking place in the health system in the U.S., the implications for mental health care, and, in turn, the implications for mental health care providers. We begin with a discussion of the role of the insurance industry in health care and how that role has expanded over the past 50-60 years, affecting the licensure and practices of mental health professionals. From there, we move to the current changes themselves, including:
Also covered are insurance panels for independent practitioners, the Parity Law, “Professional Wills,” alternatives to licensed mental health practice, and licensing board action summaries.
*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*
A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and an Attorney at Law licensed in California, and The District of Columbia. He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University.
After leaving full-time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in- and outpatient responsibilities. Beginning in 1980, his psychology practice focused increasingly on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. He began consulting relationships with trauma treatment programs of private psychiatric hospitals in 1990. In 1993, he joined with Walter and Linda Young in the opening of a unit for the treatment of traumatic and dissociative disorders at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA and remained a consultant to the program until July of 2000. An ISSD member since 1990 and Fellow since 1998, he was elected President of the ISSD for 2001-02.