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BT18 Law and Ethics 02 - Safe Practice: Liability Protection and Risk Management Part 2 - Steven Frankel, PhD, JD

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Law & Ethics |  Therapist Development
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2018
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Dec 05, 2018
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This presentation outlines key legal and ethical information pertaining to maintaining clinical records, privacy regulations and confidentiality, and is designed for early career through senior professionals. The program begins with a review of recently enacted or modified laws in the State of California, which have implications for all jurisdictions in the United States. The program then turns to issues concerning record retention from a legal liability viewpoint rather than the simple statements of how long records must be kept, and websites that provide helpful information about liability and risk management for any/all mental health clinicians, and then turns to an analysis of record-keeping requirements. The presentation then reviews situations in which clinicians are involved in the legal system and especially in courts of law, including witness categories. What follows is a review of practice formations, and ways to create and manage mental health practices, including how to cope with reputational problems. The program ends with information about developments for involuntary commitment, internet practice and a review of the best online training for child abuse reporting.


Educational Objectives:

  1. List two legal developments in California law that impact Child abuse reporting.
  2. Identify two major factors governing record retention.
  3. State the three types of witness categories that clinicians may be assigned by the legal system. 
  4. Name at least two categories of practice formation. 
  5. List at least two legal underpinnings of involuntary hospital commitment. 

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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.